As the national census date draws nearer, leaders from Kwanza constituency have said people who don’t come from the region shouldn’t take up the census jobs, saying locals should be given the opportunities instead. Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi and Kwanza MCA Sarah Lubano said they won’t allow foreigners to take up the slots, adding that people who are familiar with the residents and who hail from the areas being covered in the region should be allowed.
Speaking after touring the census job interview centres at Kwanza, where applicants were being interviewed, the two leaders urged the recruiting team to make sure those applicants who qualify are posted to their areas of birth so that they take part in the exercise comfortably since they’ll be easily accepted by the locals who understand them. “I want this exercise to be localized by giving a chance to the locals who understand the terrain of the areas,” said Wanyonyi.
The MP warned chiefs against being involved in corruption, including hiring people who are close to them and posting people to areas they aren’t familiar with. MCA Lubano called for an equal distribution of jobs within the Kwanza Sub County, claiming there are 34 areas within the County and every area must be represented by a census officer in order to make all people feel part of the exercise.
However,the assistant County Commissioner for Kwanza Sub County dispelled fears of favoritism as well as transportation
of census officers from other areas to the region saying they have put
up a mechanism of recruiting only genuine individuals who hail from
regions they are familiar with.
She, however, assured residents of a fair recruitment exercise and urged
chiefs to desist from corruption, warning them of dire consequences if they are involved in any corrupt activities.