NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials said on
Saturday the 2019 population and housing census has reached 95
percent threshold in terms of countrywide coverage.
The sixth national census commenced on the night of Aug. 24
and is scheduled to end on Saturday during which officials
anticipated that most nationals would have been enumerated.
"There were no major incidents reported during the period,
however, some people who tried to disrupt the exercise were
apprehended and will face prosecution," Saitoti Torome,
principal secretary for planning, told journalists in Nairobi.
Torome said the headcount cost the country 18.5 billion
shillings (176.4 million U.S. dollars) which was spread out over
a five-year period owing to early preparations.
He ruled out an extension of the exercise and said that they
expect the 95 percent figure to have increased by the close of
the exercise after enumerators complete covering the areas they
missed out on.
"The data will be processed speedily since the census was
digitally-based." Torome said.
Kenya’s other post-independence census have been held in
1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009.
This was the first census exercise to be conducted since the
promulgation of the new constitution in 2010 and it will help in
determining allocation of resources to the counties.
Republic of Kenya (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Kenya), is
a country in Africa with 47 semiautonomous counties governed
by elected governors.
At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is
the world’s 48th largest country by total area.
With a population of more than 52.2 million people,
Kenya is the 27th most populous country.
World Population Prospects - Population Division - United
Nations - 29 January 2019