Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the closure of all bars countrywide for two days starting Saturday for the national population census exercise.
Matiang’i says the closure of all social places from 5pm, will ensure everyone is home awaiting the enumerators in the nationwide exercise even as it emerged that police officers on leave have been recalled to man the census.
The CS was speaking in Embu for the official opening of the 10th edition of the Water Services Companies Games.
“We are going to close all our social places especially the bars at 5pm to give you an hour to be home before the enumerators arrive at 6pm so that they can find you at home ,” he said.
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CS Matiang’i further assured Kenyans that their safety is guaranteed disclosing that all police officers on leave have been recalled to ensure the exercise goes on without blemish.
Kirinyaga County Commissioner Jim Njoka noted that the local administration is at hand to ensure Matiang’i’s directive is fully implemented.
On his part, Baringo South lawmaker Charles Kamuren wants security prioritized especially in conflict prone areas if the exercise must see the light of day.
He said this even as a section of residents in Kiambu expressed fears that criminal elements might hijack the process.
It will be the first Census to be undertaken since the introduction of devolution in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010. For the first time, the census data will be captured electronically through a mobile device (tablet).
The exercise is to be officially conducted on August 24 and 25, 2019.
This is the sixth national Census since independence. The previous population Censuses were held in 1948, 1962 (pre-independence), 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.
Kenya will become the first country in Africa to collect data on intersex people during the national population census.
The survey will determine the number of citizens who do not identify as either male or female.
Intersex people in Kenya often face violence and discrimination.
It is estimated that there could more than 700,000 of them out of a general population of 49 million.