Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

18 Months After Election Violence – Kenya Set for Contentious Census

Posted in African Politics, Kenya by ruben eberlein on August 24, 2009

<BBC Online> Kenya is preparing to hold its first national census for 10 years, amid controversy over a question which asks which ethnic group people belong to. Many Kenyans believe the question is insensitive, coming 18 months after more than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic violence after an election. Ministers say the question is needed to help the authorities plan better. Critics say the census will be misused by politicians and could damage efforts to heal rifts between communities. More …

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