Tharaka Nithi county leaders led by Governor Muthomi Njuki and Senator Kindiki Kithure have come out to dispute Census report.
In an address to the press held in Nairobi, lamented the misrepresentation of its population, demanding answers as to why their numbers stood at 393,177, against 365,330 according to Census 2009 report.
On their part, the leadership claimed that there were discrepancies in the census report, claiming that the enumeration goes against the projected figure of 500,000 people.
“There is a clear indication that these figures are not true. That is why we would like to know [what happened],” Senetor Kindiki Kithure.
There has been a public debate over Tharaka Nithi, being that it has over the years been at the center of controversy during elections. For instance, according to 2017 voting register, Tharaka Nithi County has 213,154, making the number suspiciously higher than that of the children, which is impossible.
The angry senator said there seems to be a plot to economically and politically disadvantage some regions in the country
“Population figures are critical in deciding the share of the national cake that a region gets. We will not allow incredible figures,” said Mr Murugara.
The leaders who openly petitioned KNBS report, have vowed to try as much as they can to have the report discredited, despite being signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.