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Muslims dispute census figures

Friday September 3 2010

By NATION correspondent

Muslim leaders have asked the government to cancel the 2009 census results.

In a statement read by the Jamia Mosque religious convenor, Mr Billow Kerrow on Friday, the leaders said the results were ‘doctored.’

“It was also meant to serve interests of forces intent on diminishing the influence of Muslims in the country,” read the statement.

They said they learnt with shock the announcement by National Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya that the population of Muslims in the country is 4.3 million, representing only 11.1 percent of the population of Kenya.

This was against earlier figures which showed they were well beyond the 30 percent mark.

“If North Eastern has 2.1 million Muslims and the greatest percentage of Muslims is found at the Coast, how true is it that our population is only 4.3 million?” asked Mw Kerrow.