By SYLVIA WAKHISI
Isiolo County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has assured residents that security will be beefed up during the oncoming census which is expected to take place on the night of 24th of August this year.
Speaking to journalists at his office, Kanyiri said that as the County Security and Intelligence Committee they have put in place measures to ensure that security is maintained during the exercise.
“The training for the personnel who will conduct the exercise is ongoing at Isiolo Boys’ High School, Merti and Oldonyiro sub-counties,” said Kanyiri.
He also said that they will meet with chiefs in the different areas of the county as they have a big role to play to ensure that the exercise becomes successful as well as village elders who will be guiding the enumerators even on different questions.
The commissioner said that they have been able to create awareness to the people on the importance of taking part in the exercise and being counted. They have also used chief barazas, churches and even mosques to spread awareness about the exercise so that people have knowledge about it.
“The recruitment of personnel who will conduct the exercise has also been completed. This exercise is for every Kenyan, hence I call on every individual to cooperate with the census officials and give the rightful information,” he added.
He cautioned those who seek to spread any negative information about the exercise and said action will be taken against anyone who does not want to be counted.
Additionally, Kanyiri said it will be important to get the right figures even concerning the economic activities of people in the area since budgeting will be influenced by the census data.
Kenya is expected to conduct the census exercise from the night of August 24 to August 31,2019.This will be the sixth population census since Independence with the previous population census having been held in 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.
The survey being carried out by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will involve 138,572 enumerators, 22,268 content supervisors and 2,467 ICT supervisors and will be paperless unlike the previous counts.