A pilot census conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in Kaumoni, Makueni County to test the preparedness of next year’s national census has been given a clean bill of health.
The bureau’s ICT Director Cleopas Kiio said the exercise, conducted on the nights of 24 and 25 last month, was largely successful and no major hitches were experienced.
Speaking during a debriefing session at Kaumoni Primary school over the weekend, Kiio however cited poor terrain and lack of awareness of the pilot census by respondents as some of the main challenges faced during the exercise.
Others were faulty chargers for the tablets used to relay the data and erroneous mapping of some households.
Kiio however said KNBS would work on the gaps to prepare a flawless census come next year.
“Save for the few challenges,the exercise was successful and we shall improve on the remaining preparatory exercises so as to conduct a successful census in 2019,” he said.
He hailed the support accorded by the government during the exercise and called for collaboration among government agencies and other relevant partners as the country prepares for the national census.
“We applaud the county security team for providing adequate security in the entire process,” said the ICT director.
County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed underscored the need for the government to set aside adequate resources for the 2019 census.
“The census done after every decade is a very important national exercise and should be funded adequately,” said Maalim.
He also called on KNBS to kick off preparations for next year’s census early enough to avoid the last minute rush.
“The pilot census has given insights on what needs to be done and preparations must be done within ample time,” said the CC.
The pilot census was conducted in 12 counties including Makueni, Nairobi, Kwale, and Kisii among others.