A large crowd today gathered at the Wajir Sub-County Commissioner’s office to protest against what they claimed was a skewed census planning project. The residents who were without their area MP complained of a skewed mapping that has sectioned off Habaswein town into two. The residents who later spoke to the media said more than 30,000 people of the town that is in Wajir South Constituency has been mapped for Wajir West which they said will create chaos and disturb the peace. ”My father was born in this house, my grandfather was born in this house too and I was born in this house. All my children were born in this house. hatuwezi kubali tuambiwe tuko mahali ingine (we will not allow to be told we belong to another constituency)” said Mzee Barre Abdi, a retired Administration Police Officer speaking to the media. Other elders said they ”will not accept their borders to be moved to another constituency and will fight this exercise”. The resident said the Census exercise will not happen in the Sub-County until the outstanding issues are resolved.
The Census exercise which is expected to start next month has mapped Habaswein town into two broad sections. All settlements to the left of the main road were mapped as Wajir West and all to the right were mapped as part of Wajir South. This mapping has been a bone of contention since the beginning of the planning exercise for the upcoming census. The border issue has been simmering and appears to have been brought to the fore by next week’s census exercise.
The Sub-County Commissioner asked the elders to stay calm as the government will call them for a meeting to resolve the border mapping issue next week.
The Wajir South MP has not been available to speak to us and his phone was off all day.