As we enter into Day Four of the census exercise, we once again thank Kenyans for the very positive response they have demonstrated by being available for the Count and welcoming census officials to their homes. This is a pure demonstration of patriotism and upholding of our national values.
We also appreciate the media for the extensive coverage, updates and analyses of the enumeration process. The media have played a critical role in highlighting emerging issues from the farthest reaches of the country. This important partnership has enabled the Government to take the necessary remedial and pre-emptive action.
We are pleased to report that we continue to register success in its implementation. So far, reports received from the field indicate that significant progress has been made in the last three days of the Big Count.
Minor problems identified along the way have been dealt with appropriately.
Enumeration Process Progress
Many Kenyans have already been counted, though some households are yet to be covered. We reiterate that the enumeration process continues till 31st August, 2019. Those not already counted should not panic. All will be counted.
For easy identification of households that have already been enumerated the officials have written a number on the door or any visible place on the structure of the house to indicate that counting has been conducted. PLEASE DO NOT ERASE THE NUMBER.
Content supervisors will revisit sampled households to carry out quality assurance checks. You are urged to accord them the necessary cooperation.
Each enumerator is expected to cover 20 houses per day and about 100 households during the entire period of the exercise. As they come to your households, you are urged to welcome them and cooperate with them.
Material and financial resources required by all census officials have been provided for. Kenyans are therefore cautioned to remain alert and report any incidence where enumerators might ask for anything other than information relating to the census.
The census will run until 31st August 2019. Today, Tuesday 27th August, 2019, enumeration began at 6.00am and will end at 10.00pm in major urban areas: Kisii, Machakos, Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kisumu and Thika.
In the rural areas this exercise will go on until 9pm.
Census reference night being 24th August, 2019, Kenyans that have not been counted are urged to remember where they were on 24th August, 2019.
Security personnel have been vigilant and continue to maintain law and order throughout the country. This has enabled the census period to run smoothly. Kenyans are reminded to continue being peaceful and cooperative.
Enumeration of Special Population
Enumeration of special population was conducted on the night and concluded on the of 24th August, 2019. Such population include hotels, travellers, street families and hotel guests.
Provisions have also been made for people living with disabilities and other special groups in the society. It has been an all-inclusive exercise.
Continuous monitoring of Data
The information being collected is continuously being monitored to show the scope of coverage and data quality. Mechanisms have been put in place to protect the data collected from any form of manipulation. It is therefore futile to attempt to interfere with data collected. In case of any such attempts, the system will flag it out and legal action will immediately be taken.
Census Call Centre
The Call Centre remains operational for 24 hrs everyday till the end of the exercise. Kenyans are encouraged to utilize this facility for ease of assistance during this period. The hotline Toll free number is: 0800-221-020.
At the same time, all other emergency police numbers are also available and working including 999, 112 and 911.
The data will provide research and academic institutions with an up-to-date reference point for interpretation of Kenya’s demographic reality.
As the exercise continues, we urge all Kenyans to provide correct and accurate information to the enumerators so that Government can effectively plan for sustainable development and provision of quality services. This is for the benefit of us all. Jitokeze uhesabike!