Census report: Economy grew by 5.5pc

The economy expanded twice that of the population keeping pace with official planning.

According to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing census, Kenya’s population expanded by 2.6 per cent while the economy grew by 5.5 per cent on average.

Before 2004, the average economic growth averaged 2 per cent as population expansion increased by a mean of 2.3 per cent.

Worried about the trend, the government embarked on a serious campaign to encourage family planning and economic expansionary measures.

Today, the country continues to reel under the pressure of unplanned population growth, with high cases of unemployment, poorly planned transport and housing sectors and high poverty levels that stands 36 per cent.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the census report will help the government in the planning process.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says there is a need for accelerated economic growth in a bid to provide jobs to the growing population and proper health and education facilities.

According to the report, Nairobi which has a population of 4.4 million is the most populated county in the country.

However, the city was planned for a population of 500,000 people.

Due to this, the county has witnessed the growth of slums, chaotic traffic jams and high levels of unemployment.

KNBS says the census report will further provide the 47 counties with up-to-date census report, to help them develop their integrated development plans.


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