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Mt Kenya Region Is The Poorest In The Country; Former Governor Alleges

Despite producing three presidents who have ruled the country for nearly 32 years, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo now asserts that the Mount Kenya region is the poorest in the country. During an interview with NTV, Kabogo bemoaned the fact that locals were impoverished, unable to put food on the table, and had high levels of illiteracy and unemployment.

He claimed that the region's problems required major leaders to band together in order to consolidate support and acquire bargaining power when meeting presidential candidates. Some applicants, according to Kabogo, were receptive to negotiation, while others were stubborn and refused to listen to their demands. He chastised Deputy President Willam Ruto for inviting Mount Kenya MPs to join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) after other parties were disbanded.


According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Turkana County has the highest poverty rate in Kenya with 79.4 percent. Mandera, Samburu, Busia, and Garissa counties are also among the poorest, with poverty rates of 77.6, 75.8, 69.3, and 65.5 percent.

The county of Nairobi has the lowest poverty rate at 16.8%, followed by Nyeri and Meru at 19%. Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties each have 22% and 23% of the population. Narok and Machakos counties have poverty rates of 23%, while Murangá, Tharaka-Nithi, and Mombasa counties have poverty rates of 25, 24, and 27%, respectively.

(Link of the interview- from minute 2:45 -

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