Chief has been arrested in Wajir South for facilitating inflation of census figures through double-listing.
National Police Service Charles Owino on Monday said the chief was overseeing the registration of people twice, in a move aimed at exaggerating the final outcome as reported on Capital News.
The Khumbi location chief will be charged in court on Tuesday when the census exercise will be entering its fourth day.
“This is a serious offense,” Owino told Capital News, “The chief is in custody and will be charged.”
Authorities believe the move is part of a scheme by politicians to inflate population figures in their regions for political regions, particularly in areas that are sparsely populated.
In the last census held in 2009, North Eastern Kenya recorded a major increase in its population from 962,143 people in 1999 to 2.3 million in 2009 in what raised serious concerns, with the government now assuring that actual data will be released three months after the conclusion of the exercise that closes on Saturday.
As earlier reported on The Sauce, Kenya will become the first country in Africa to collect data on intersex people in its national population census, in a major victory for rights activists. Kenyans will be given the option to identify themselves as either male, female or intersex According to KNBS, the inclusion of a third gender was a recommendation from the task force of Intersex Persons Society of Kenya (IPSK).
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