Tiaty MP William Kamket has urged members of his constituency to make sure they are in their native homes when the critical census exercise starts on Saturday.
Through a Facebook post, the legislator said that this is the only way for his constituents to show Kenyans and the government that they got large numbers.
“To all the people of TIATY wherever they are in Kenya… I urge all of you to come back home to be counted in the Census. Come let’s show Kenyans and the Govt that we’ve got numbers. Let our numbers count.” posted Kamket
Kamket joins a growing list of politicians who have mobilised their electorate to go back to their villages so that their home areas can benefit from government resources in the future.
In Nyanza, Kisii Governor James Ongwae and his Nyamira counterpart John Nyagarama have intensified campaigns to sensitize residents to embrace the exercise so as to attract more funds from the National Treasury for regional development.
Kakamega’s Governor Wycliff Oparanya has also asked residents living outside their home regions to return home before August 24 to be counted.
This is despite the government insisting that there is no need for Kenyans to travel back to their counties since they will all be counted.
Analysts believe politicians are advocating for home counting because they want to use the results to gauge their political survivals beyond 2022.