Kenya National Bureau of Standards (KNBS) has defended the 2019 census report after a massive public uproar. 

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KNBS Director-General Zachary Mwangi on Thursday asked Kenyans to be patient until the report is analyzed.

He asked Kenyans including a section of politicians not to continue faulting them over the report until the release of the analysis of the same. 

He noted that the report, which puts the Kenyan population at 47.6 million is realistic and needs to be explained in detail. 

He also said that there are several factors that led to the changes seen in the report including mortality rates, migration pattern, urbanization, and fertility. 

Mwangi said that the leaders are entitled to their opinions but they also need to be patient before commending on a matter until they get their facts right.

“KNBS is yet to analyse the results. We have not looked at age structure, distribution by political units and factors causing a change in the population,” said Mr Mwangi during a press conference in Nairobi, as quoted by Standard.

 Leaders from different political quarters have been questioning the figures released by the Statistics body. National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Daule is among those who have been on the forefront asking for the real figures from the exercise following the unexpected changes.