on September 13, 2019
This week’s short intro was written by IHP resident Sophie Vusha (EV 2013). Last week, she joined the IHP editorial team, and she will be with us till the end of November.
On 30th August, I left Kenya amidst the 6th (population & housing) census since independence, just one day before the end of this exercise. Given its importance for planning resources in the country, it’s no surprise the exercise has been highly politicized by some groups (across the political spectrum), even when the importance of the census was clearly explained by the government (see here). The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) reported that by now, over 95% of the population has been counted. Another notable achievement concerns the intersex people: for the first time, their data were collected as well – a major victory for the rights activists.
Besides the census, debates around the new wave of Mau forest evictions have hit the local media. Eviction of settlers in the Mau forest...