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Lafey MP assures his constituency won’t be scrapped

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Lafey MP, Abdi Mude Ibrahim in past function (Courtesy)

MANDERA—The Lafey Constituency seat will not be scrapped, area member of parliament Abdi Mude Ibrahim has assured his constituents.

Speaking at a Madarasa graduation in his constituency, Mude termed the 2019 census results a sham, adding that he would challenge it.

“The (2019 census) result did not reflect our actual numbers. It was a lie and we won’t leave it at that,” Mude added.

Tarbaj in Wajir, Lafey in Mandera and Balambala (Garissa) constituencies recorded dismal results in the August national exercise.

His comment comes three days after his Balambala counterpart, Omar Shurie wrote to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) over what he termed as ‘manipulated 2019 census results’.

Through Issa and Company Advocates, the lawmaker claimed that the Report published by the state agency on November 4, 2019 does not reflect correct data of his constituency’s population.

The letter dated November 29, 2019 is addressed to Director General of KNBS and copied to the Attorney General.

It claims that the results were manipulated to achieve a well-documented campaign to delegitimize and cancel 2009 census results for the constituencies and three counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.

Detailing past confrontations between North Eastern counties and the state over disputed 2009 census results, the MP claimed KNBS mounted deliberate efforts and unlawfully lowered the enumerated census figures for the three counties.

Immediately after the 2019 census results were released, North Eastern leaders among them national majority leader Aden Duale and Wajir, Mandera and Garissa governors strongly disputed the results and promised to seek legal redress.

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