Kisumu couple in court for blocking census officials

Written By: Simon Achola/ KNA
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A couple has been arraigned before a Kisumu court for blocking national census enumerators from carrying out their duties.

The husband and his wife are said to have barred census officials from accessing their home in Obunga estate in Kisumu on the second night of national census.

The two were released on a cash bail of 20,000 Shilings or a bond of kshs 30,000 and a similar surety.

Richard Ochieng and his wife Florence Adeka are said to have joined forces and blocked national census enumerators who were accompanied by village elder and area chief from accessing their house in Obunga estate Kisumu county on 25th of august.

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The two denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of 20,000 shillings each or a bond of 30,000 with a similar surety.

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While denying the charges, Richard and his wife claimed it was difficult for them to have fought off more than 12 people and denied them access into their house.

They also pleaded for leniency given that they’re unemployed and their five children depend on them for survival.

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This is just one amongst numerous ugly incidents that have occurred in the region since the commencement of the national census exercise on 24th august.

An enumerator is nursing injuries at a Kisumu hospital after she was gang raped by several youths in Maseno while another escaped narrowly after she was attacked by villagers in Homabay county on the account that she was not a native of the area.

The case will be heard on 17th of September.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Kenya are flocking back to the county from the neighboring Uganda to participate in the census exercise.

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The returnees are causing a huge jam at the Malaba border point as they queue seeking clearance to be allowed back onto the Kenyan soil.

Immigration officers at Malaba border point had a hectic time trying to clear those who are returning home to be counted.

Police across the border have mounted a road block to enable those entering the country to be counted.

Majority of those returning say they could not miss the very crucial exercise that will inform the future development of the country.

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