Most Kenyan citizens believe that through county governments, the poor will definitely become poorer. The gap between the poor and the rich will immensely widen unless corruption, nepotism and tribalism are stopped by the citizens themselves and the courts. According to the latest research their are counties that are considered the poorest and some the richest due to some incredible factors such as lifestyle, infrastructure among other things.
There is a recent government report that has offered insights into the top 10 richest and the poorest counties in the country. However, according to the latest research from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Nairobi County, Nyeri County, Meru County, Kirinyaga County, Kiambu County, Narok County, Machakos County, Murang'a County, Tharaka Nithi County and Mombasa County are the top 10 richest counties in Kenya.
The above mentioned counties have a lower inequality of gini ratio of 0.404 according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics research. They said to be above the poverty line, which means most residents in those counties are able to afford all the three basic needs. Their county government has done much to fight poverty.
The organisation went ahead and named the poorest counties in Kenya. Turkana county made it to the top of the list and was found to have the most unequal devolved units in Kenya. Turkana county has a poverty rate of 79.9%, this means there is inability of the households and families to satisfy all the basic needs (education, shelter, healthcare, pure water and food). It has a gini index score of 0.559 that clearly shows inequality in the county.
Turkana county was followed closely by Mandera county, Samburu county, Busia county and Garissa county scoring poverty rates of 77.6%, 75.8%, 69.3% and 65.5% respectively. The other counties that made it to the top 10 include Marsabit, Wajir, Tana River, West Pokot and Isiolo with poverty rates of 63.7,62.6, 62.2, 57.4 and 51.9 percent respectively.
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