NO MIGRATION

Does it matter where I was born? Count me where I dwell

Leaders should not ask people to move back to their counties of birth 'for budgetary allocations'

In Summary

• Census is a critical exercise as it will determine resource allocation, election results and boundaries. 

• Boundaries should not matter to census as long as one is within the country's borders. 

The 2009 census report that was launched at the KICC in Nairobi
NATIONAL EXERCISE: The 2009 census report that was launched at the KICC in Nairobi
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Politicians want people to travel to their places of birth to be counted so they can increase their numbers and get more allocation.

The census is a critical exercise as it will determine resource allocation, election results and boundaries. But there should be no movement of the people. What for?

Kenyans should be counted from where they are, where they dwell most. If one can dwell in any part of the country and call it home, then why should the exercise divide us? Places of birth are mostly ‘based on tribal affiliation which we are trying not to define each other by. 

Let every person in the country from the night of August 24 be counted where the enumerators find them. It is a national counting exercise and boundaries should not matter as long as one is within Kenya’s borders.

 

Mombasa