18 November 2008

Some new stats about Kenya's poor


600,000 poor in Nairobi region
By DAVID MUGONYI Posted Tuesday, November 18 2008 at 22:29

More than 600,000 people live in poverty in Nairobi Province, with Makadara being the poorest constituency, a Government report says. However, one in every three poor people are found either in Kasarani or Embakasi constituencies. About 30 per cent of residents in Makadara constituency are poor despite the overall poverty of Nairobi Province declining from 44 per cent in 1999 to 22 per cent in 2005/2006. With 41,624 poor people, Westlands is the richest in the province, which has eight constituencies. In Central Province, Kipipiri constituency is the poorest, with 59.3 per cent of the people living in poverty.

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Revealed: The richest and poorest regions
By SAMUEL SIRINGI Posted Tuesday, November 18 2008 at 22:29

Free education, CDF and scrapping of some medical charges in public health centres have helped to reduce poverty in Kenya, says a new report. The survey released on Tuesday shows how the levels of poverty are distributed in each of the 210 constituencies. Kajiado North constituency was ranked top while Turkana Central took the ‘poorest’ slot. Nationally, the number of poor people fell from 52 per cent in 2002 to 46 per cent in 2006, according to the “Wellbeing In Kenya” survey released by Planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth. The survey will now be used to determine how much money each constituency will get in the next financial year since it ranks the richest and poorest areas of the country.

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