Bar operators in Trans Nzoia County have been directed to ensure
their businesses are closed on the nights of August 24th and 25th to allow
residents who frequent their joints to take part in the census.
Speaking in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County commissioner Samson Ojwang said the move is aimed at ensuring all the residents will be at their residences to be profiled by a team of more than 2000 enumerators. “We are targeting to capture everybody including foreigners who will be present in the County during the census exercise,” said Mr. Ojwang after a preparation meeting with chiefs.
The County commissioner also called on residents to give accurate
information to the enumerators who will be capturing their information
digitally to give the government the right picture. “We want accurate information so that the government has the right data to help in its strategic planning for socio-economic development. Misleading information will affect planning,” he said.
The administrator also assured locals of tight security measures
during the exercise to ensure that those tasked with the exercise will
be safe and also keep off criminals who might cause disturbance.
Separately, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula called on the locals to
take the exercise seriously saying the numbers that will be generated will determine the allocation of resources.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics senior manager Benjamin Avusevwa
said harmonization of the data will be carried out up to August 31
upon which the results will be made public to the citizens. “The main goal of the census is to generate data that will help the government to effectively plan for the country at both national and County government levels. This is very critical,” said Mr. Avusevwa
The 2019 Census will be administered using computer aided personal
interviewing (CAPI) technique. A tablet will be used to capture the
information directly for better accuracy and faster processing of the