Luhya and Kalenjins rise in population, Kikuyu drop down.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Director General Zachary Mwangi[Photos/Courtesy].

Population of major ethnic groups in Kenya has dropped down by 4.4 percent contributing to only 65.3 percent of the entire.

The National Bureau of Statistics has detailed 2019 Census report showing how Kikuyus, Luos, and Kamba have dropped down in their numbers.

In 1969, five major communities in the country Kikuyus, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin and Kamba had 69.7 percent of the total population running away with 10.8 million share as opposed to today where Kenya boasts of a population of 47.6 million with the major communities eating only 65.3 percent.

DP William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi.

However even as this drop is witnessed by major tribes, minor ethnic groups including the Maasai, Turkana and Kenyan Somalis have signed a sharp increment.

“Between 1969 and 2019, obvious variations of share are noted within the big five — the Kikuyus (from 20.29% to 17.13%), the Luo (from 14.03% to 10.65%), the Luhya (from 13.39% to 14.35%), the Kambas (from 11.04% to 9.81%) and the Kalenjins (from 10.97% to 13.37%),” a report read in part.

Luo and Kikiuyus have lost greatly at 3.37 percent and 3.16 percent respectively what has been attributed to infertility, drugs and alcohol for the members of the Kikuyu community while Luo are majorly affected by mortality rate arising from prevalence of HIV AIDS in Nyanza region.

Kalenjin Community has gained by 2.40% while Luhya have risen by a paltry 0.96 percent according to the KBS latest numbers.


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