The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has assured Kenyans that preparations for 2019 Population and Housing Census slated for the night of August 24th2019 are proceeding as scheduled.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Board Chairman Mr Peter Kiguta is appealing to faith-based organisations to embrace the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census slated for 24th/25th August. Mr Kiguta urged the organisations to utilise their networks and infrastructure to deliver Census messages and materials to their congregations across the country.
Speaking during a breakfast meeting with the organisations at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Mr Kiguta said, “We would like to make a special request to you to share information about the census through announcements during services and prayers to all congregations. As the census approaches, we will be reaching out to you and give you census materials to be distributed across the country”.
He also requested the leaders to encourage household heads in their congregations to receive census enumerators, and to provide all information required. He indicated that the census takes place after every ten years and the information sought is of great value to the government.
For the first time, the enumeration process will be paperless because data will be captured using tablets. KNBS Director General Mr Zachary Mwangi reiterated that the use of technology during the enumeration process will shorten the time taken to release preliminary results, which would be three months after the completion of enumeration. Mr Mwangi also said data would be transmitted to the server from the start of enumeration in real time.
The Director General, Mr. Zachary Mwangi says for the first time Kenya will leverage newer technology to ensure the census exercise is conducted as per expected global standards.
“The KNBS is working round the clock to ensure preparations for the census are completed within the agreed timelines and meet the internationally recognized thresholds,” said Mr. Mwangi during a media briefing.
He added: “This time round census data will be captured electronically through a paperless process. It will incorporate use of data collection tablets that have been locally assembled at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Moi University.”
About 170,000 enumerators and supervisors are being recruited to work in this year’s Housing and Population Census. The recruitment process is ongoing and will be completed by 12th of July 2019.
“This exercise has to adhere to internationally recognized guidelines which advocate for the values of professionalism, transparency, accountability and integrity required of statistical systems in maintaining credibility and public confidence,” he emphasized.
The Census is an important process to which the Government attaches great value, due to the need for evidence in planning. In relation to this, Mr Mwangi said, “data generated will be used to up-date various socio-economic and demographic indicators, provide benchmark indicators, resource allocation, review of administrative boundaries, give population projections, develop sampling frames and used for research”.
This meeting was held as part of the intensive nationwide communication and advocacy campaigns that will involve a combination of approaches including the use of traditional and social media, face-to-face meetings with various leaders and dissemination of information, education and communication materials to the lowest administrative units.
The 2019 Population and Housing Census, it the sixth since Kenya attained independence. It is the first census to be conducted since the introduction of devolution as provided for by the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
The Census is an important process to which the Government attaches great value, due to the need for evidence in planning. Evidence-based decision making is a universally recognised approach to the efficient management of countries.
The United Nations recognises the importance of population and housing Censuses and therefore has issued international principles and recommendations to assist statistical offices and Census officials, throughout the world, in planning and carrying out improved and cost-effective censuses.