Somalis are 6th largest tribe in Kenya

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At 2.7m, Somalis are 6th largest tribe in Kenya, highest household size 


Saturday February 22, 2020

NAIROBI (HOL) - Somalis are the sixth largest ethnic tribe in Kenya with a population of 2.7 million, the newly released second part of the 2019 population and housing report indicates.

According to the report which covers the distribution in terms of ethnic composition, economic, administrative and social indicators, the number of Somalis in Kenya increased by 40,000 from 2009 when the previous census was conducted.

Out of the three counties predominantly occupied by Somalis, Mandera has the highest population of 867,457 followed by Garissa at 841,353 while Wajir comes last with 781,263.

The report also indicates that Somalis have the highest fertility rates with Mandera topping the list with the highest household population of 6.9. Wajir has an average household size of 6.1 while Garissa has the least average household size of 5.9.

The Kikuyu community has the highest population of 8.15 million followed by the Luhya (6.82m), then Kalenjin (6.36m), Luo (5.07m) and Kamba (4.66m).

Politicians from the north eastern region have in the recent past rejected the numbers noting the population of Somalis had risen significantly in the last ten years yet the 2019 census only put that number at 400,000.

The population distribution will be used to among others determine the allocation of resources under the national budget. Of concern among politicians is the possibility of a merger for constituencies whose population falls below the threshold.

According to new regulations, the population of a constituency should be a minimum of 170,000.


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1 hour ago, Holac said:

More like the third largest if you count the "undocumented". 

This is African statistics where numbers are set before the start of the count. At 7% growth the population doubles every  12-15 years. Example Kililka now is estimated at the very least 7 million.


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Been badnaa Kiikuuyada. Tirakoobka Soomaalida ugu yaraan waa 4.5 million. They are suppressing the original census numbers from NFD, which they stopped reporting after and when they realized how big Soomaali numbers are. They did this in 2009 as well. There is no way the population of Soomaalis in NFD increased these mere numbers between 2009-2019.

Their own numbers say average Soomaali mother has seven children compared to the average fertility rate of the rest being 3.5.

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