Extra Security for Kerio Valley during Census Period

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At least 600 police officers will be deployed in the Kerio Valley to facilitate peace and security for the people during the upcoming census exercise.

Kerio Valley in Elgeyo Marakwet County

According the County Commissioner for Elgeyo Marakwet, Hassan Omar, all entertainment joints and bars will be closed so that everyone can be counted.

The police officers will be there to support the County government in providing security for the region that has been plagued by banditry.

The officers will work hand in hand with enumerators in Elgeyo Maraket County as well as parts of West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, and Samburu.

Governor Tolgos

Meanwhile governor Alex Tolgos said that the people of Elgeyo Marakwet should  cooperate with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics officials during the census period so they can be counted. Tolgos added that the results of the census would inform public planning at national and county level.

Census for 2019 will begin on 23rd August and run all the way to 31st August. Enumerators will not spend more than 30 minutes in one household.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the government is providing security for the exercise.

The KNBS conducts a national census every ten years. The last national census to be done in Kenya was in 2009.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics gets its mandate from The Statistics Act of 2006. KKNBS is headed by a Director General, and has a team of statisticians and demographers who work to support the mandate of the organisation.

The recruitment exercise for the 2019 Kenya National Census started in 2019.

Here are some of the things that Enumerators will be asking you about:

  • Your Tribe
  • Age
  • Gender/Sex (male, intersex)
  •  How many births you have had
  • Your level of education
  • Your farming activities and what you own like livestock, crop, or fish farming
  • What property you own
  • How many wives you have
  • What kind of access you have to computer services
  • your occupation
  •  Anything that prevents you from carrying out daily chores
  •  People in the household who are living with Disabilities
  • Household members who are living outside the country in the diaspora

This will be the first digital census in Kenya. Enumerators will be using tablets loaded with a data collection app installed. The enumeration clerks will feed information into the tablets and the information will be added to the database in real time.

This will make a faster job of data collection and processing. In 2009, the bureau spent six months just collecting data which was recorded in questionnaires. This time you won’t see any questionnaires and the process will be much faster.

This will be the sixth national census since Kenya attained independence in 1963. We have had the same exercise held in 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, and 2009.

It begins officially on 24th August, 2019 in the evening. Governments mainly conduct census in order to manage resources better. This time digital gadgets will make the process faster, more accurate, and more secure.

Governments need to make decisions that are based on real data. Researchers use data from the census to inform their studies.

Theh cost of the entire process is a cool Sh 18.5 billion. The National Census Steering Committee oversees the whole process. And the chairman of this committee is the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Planning. More than 165,000 enumerators and supervisors have already been recruited, ready to be deployed to the work.

Besides the National Census Steering Committee, we have in each county a County Census Committee that recruits enumerators and supervisors to work in every ward.

Enumerators will be knocking on doors as form 6pm on August 24th, 2019. They will remain in each household for approximately 30 minutes.

You can expect some preliminary data to be released within three months after the census. This will be the result of data processing and analysis by the Bureau.














Joyce Sambu
Author: Joyce Sambu

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