The Census officials in Bomet County have been warned against sharing any information they come across while carrying the exercise as it would amount to breaching the law.
The recently recruited 2019 Kenya Population and Housing census officials who were taking oath of office and secrecy were informed that the work awaiting them was to be conducted with integrity and confidentiality.
Addressing the content supervisors on Sunday while closing the seven day training at Bomet University, Bomet Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Stanley Metto said that all officials shall not, without authority, share or reveal any information during training and in the actual exercise.
“Section 12 of Statistics Act number 4 of 2006 is very clear that any information or data should not be used for personal gains and should only be used if it was made public,” Metto stated.
He said that those who leak the information will have themselves to blame if found operating outside the law. He warned, “You will not only lose your job but at the same time you will be arrested and prosecuted if you are suspected to have gone against the regulations.”
The officials were sworn to office as agents of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) by the Bomet Senior Principal Magistrate Ms. Pamela Anchieng who emphasized that the officials should follow the law.
The County Statistics Officer, Franklin Mwamba said that the sworn in content supervisors will be training enumerators in the various sub counties from August 14 to 20 and they will start counting on the night of August 24.
“You have the responsibility of training enumerators as from next week and I hope you will transfer the knowledge you have gained from here to respective stations and KNBS will be counting on you during the census,” Mwamba said.
He said the work they were given as KNBS agents should not be shared to anybody, including their close family members as that will be breaching the law.
“Please don’t send anybody to represent you in the course of duty and if there are any challenges report to your immediate supervisors or sub county census committee,” he said.
By Joseph Obwocha