2019 census reaches 95pc in coverage, PS Planning says

The curtains come down on the 2019 National Population and housing Census Saturday 31st August even as the government insists the exercise has been a huge success.

The government has ruled out extension of the exercise announcing that so far, its has been able to reach out to at least ninety five percent of Kenyans. 

Principal Secretary for State Department of Planning, Saitoti Torome, who addressed the press Saturday morning is hopeful that the remaining five percent will be reached in the remaining hours. 

He says enumerators are currently covering places that they were not able to reach at the initial stages of the exercise that has been conducted for a week. 

A total of 138,572 enumerators, 22,268 content supervisors and 2,467 ICT supervisors are involved in the exercise.
The PS said that the government had allocated Ksh18.5 billion for the exercise which he says is an important investment.
“This amount, spread over a five year period, is an important investment for the Government to gather information for planning to establish the composition of country’s population, says PS Torome.

Despite the government giving the exercise a clean bill of health, a number of challenges have been faced. 

Several people have been arrested and charged in court for going against the laid down census rules.

Meanwhile, Isiolo South elders have called for the extension of the exercise, saying it was poorly conducted in the constituency. 

They called for additional resources in order to ensure justice for the local populace. 

Led by former Isiolo County assembly speaker, Mohamed Tupi, the elders lamented that the area has always been perceived to harbour a small number of people since previous census exercises were conducted haphazardly, and did not, therefore, reflect the real situation on the ground. 

He said that census enumerators and supervisors in Isiolo County were not accorded adequate support to conduct the exercise in a pastoral set- up and could therefore not be expected to come up with credible statistics.

Tupi noted that residents in at least ten centers between Garbatula and Eldera township which lies along the Isiolo-Garissa border were not enumerated owing to the insecurity and mobility challenges. 

Tupi called upon the government to consider extending the exercise by at least three more days and deploy additional resources in terms of enumerators, security personnel and vehicles.


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