by Naftali Mwaura
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has put
solid measures in place to facilitate a seamless carrying out of
national population and housing census towards the end of
August, an official said on Friday.
spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said the sixth national population
census to be conducted in Kenya since the country gained
self-rule, will enable the government to collect data that will
aid planning and resource distribution.
"The census will be conducted using digital devices to
achieve more accuracy and enhance security of data. We have
already procured the devices from local assemblers and have
trained enumerators who will conduct the exercise," said Oguna.
He revealed the government has set aside 18.5 billion Kenyan
shillings (about 180 million U.S. dollars) to cater for
acquisition of gadgets and hiring of clerks who will conduct the
national population census slated for Aug. 24 to 31.
"We have acquired 164,700 devices and recruited 163,307
census officers to ensure the exercise is carried out
successfully," said Oguna.
Kenyans and foreigners residing within the country’s borders
will be counted during the forthcoming national population
Oguna said that among groups targeted for the census include
households, street families, travelers, hotel guests, military
officers in the barracks, prisoners, hospital patients and night
He said that elaborate security measures will be put in place
to ensure the seven-day exercise is devoid of hitches.
Oguna said the national population exercise that is conducted
after ten years, will assist the government in formulating
policies that advance equitable distribution of resources.
"The census will help the government obtain accurate data on
population distribution and their living conditions," said Oguna.
"The information collected will help reveal citizens needs
like housing, education, infrastructure and health," he added.
He said that provisional results for this year’s national
population census will be released after three months.