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MPs vow to block planned repeat census

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Northern Kenya MPs have vowed to mobilise their constituents against a planned repeat census in the region.The MPs, led by Northern Kenya Development minister Mohammed Elmi and Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, claimed that the plan was a ploy to reduce the number of constituencies in the region.They termed the repeat census “unnecessary and illegal”.“We will not accept any longer to be treated as second class citizens. There will be no repeat census. If you want to repeat it, you’ll repeat it for the whole of Kenya,” said Mr Maalim, who read the statement on behalf of the MPs during a press conference at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.MPs present at the press conference were assistant ministers Aden Duale (Livestock Development), Josephat Nanok (Forestry), Mohamed Mahamud (Energy) and MPs Rachel Shebesh and Wilson Litole.They asked President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to stop the Planning ministry from repeating the census.