Your census data will be confidential, kept safe, CS Yattani assures Kenyans

Treasury CS Ukur Yattani
Treasury CS Ukur Yattani

Labour CS Ukur Yattani has assured Kenyans that the data they’ll provide during the census exercise will be confidential and safe. Speaking to the press during the Census2019 update, CS Yattani said the information provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality, “In conformity with the UN fundamental principles of official statistics and as stipulated in the Statistics Act 2006.” All personnel for the exercise have been trained and deployed, and it’s all systems go for the exercise which will start with the counting on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend. 129,123 enumerators have been deployed to cover conventional households while an additional 9,000 enumerators have been deployed to cover special populations in the restricted areas like prisons, travelers and hospitals.

The Labour and acting Treasury CS outlined the costs of the Kshs 18.5 billion exercise, with the amount spread over five years from the financial year 2016 to 2020. Design development and planning costs Kshs 255 million, cartographic mapping which happened two and a half years ago cost over Kshs 3 billion, Kshs 500 million was used for publicity and advocacy, the pilot census cost was Kshs 118 million, the main enumeration will cost Kshs 10 billion, costs of ICT and equipment, software is Kshs 3 billion, Kshs 200 million is the cost for analysis. However, he said the biggest chunk will go to the pay of the census officials who include enumerators, mapping assistants, supervisors, village elders among others. The census primary results will be released three months after the exercise, a basic report of the exercise will be released within six months and a final detailed analytical report will be released within one year after the census.