- KNBS in its Comprehensive Poverty Report ranks President Uhur Kenyatta and Raila’s backyards as the richest and DP Ruto’s the most poor in Kenya.
- The report comes when the political class is sharply divided over a new revenue sharing formula.
- Kenya is performing poorly in multidimensional poverty as opposed to monetary poverty with slightly over half (53 per cent) of Kenyans not enjoying all these services.
A comprehensive Poverty Report released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics ( KNBS) has exposed DP Ruto’s Rift Valley Counties as the poorest counties in the country.
The report focuses on the monetary and multidimensional poverty in all the 47 devolved units.
“This report is measured multidimensional poverty among children, youths, adult women and men, and the elderly in Kenya,” part of the report reads.
Majority of the counties in Mt. Kenya & Nyanza regions were ranked as the richest in Kenya.
According to KNBS, Nairobi County which is the country’s capital city and commercial hub is by far the richest county because it has the lowest share of population.
Turkana County on the other hand is the poorest with four in five people are poor, with those in the urban parts of Josphat Nanok-led county spending less than Sh5,995 in a month, while those in rural areas earn less than Sh3,252.
In Mt. Kenya region, Meru, Nyeri and Kirinyaga were jointly ranked as the second richest counties, with most of its residents able to comfortably fend for themselves.
The report also identities the most vulnerable population groups that are both multidimensional and monetary poor and sheds light into geographical inequalities with realization of rights and fulfillment of basic needs.
“In addition to addressing the existing data gaps on well-being in Kenya, the findings of the report are readily usable for monitoring Kenya’s progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets 1.1 and 1.2, SDG 5 targets and for continuous monitoring of the Vision 2030 and the “Big Four” Agenda among other programs.” the report says.
Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya are Nyanza region also ranked among the richest counties in Kenya.