Did the AG seek to have devolved funds meant for Mandera reduced in court?
“….In Mandera, the Jubilee government, through the Attorney General, have tried three times, heading to court seeking to have money meant for Mandera reduced by 40 per cent. That is a sign that they don’t want devolution to thrive…”
Nasa Co-Principal Musalia Mudavadi at Nasa Rally in Mandera on July 11
In August 2010 while releasing the 2009 Population Census results the Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 announced that results from eight districts had been cancelled, according to the Kenya Law database.
These were Lagdera, Mandera East, Mandera Central, Mandera West, Wajir East, Turkana North, Turkana South and Turkana Central.
On the same day the census results were announced, the then Minister for Planning, Wycliffe Oparanya, came before Parliament and issued a statement on the census results, explaining that the results from the eight districts were irregular, necessitating the cancellation.
The former minister said there were serious inconsistencies in the figures including growth rates that could not be explained, enumerated figures falling above the projected and previous census and significant growth in household size without corresponding growth in number of household.
Following the cancellation, five individuals who described themselves as registered voters and residents of eight districts moved to court seeking orders to quash the decision of the Planning minister cancelling the census results for the eight districts, in Miscellaneous Civil Application No 309 of 2010.
They also wanted the court to prohibit the National Bureau of Statistics from publishing the projected results, or circulating any other figures apart from the published 2009 census results. In addition, an order was sought to prohibit the ministry from relying on any projected results other than the published 2009 census results.
On February the same year the then Minister for Planning Wycliffe Oparanya tabled revised post census figures in Parliament showing that the population count in the eight districts were inflated by 40 per cent.