National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has urged the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) to carry out a transparent and accurate housing and population census devoid of political manipulation or influence from interested groups.
The national housing and population census is slated for the night of 24th and 25th this month and according to Treasury acting CS Ukur Yatani preparations for the exercise had been finalised.
Speaking after prayers at General Mohammud Idd grounds to mark the Idd-Ul-Adha today Duale said population census is a critical exercise and no one should interfere with or manipulate it.
“It will determine resource allocation to both the county and national government. It will also guide in policy making. The exercise will assist in boundary review of electoral seats including constituencies and wards. It would be very wrong if we come out with figures that will deny our people the rightful resources,” he added.
Duale said as leaders from the region they will mobilize the residents to turn up for the important national exercise.
On the brewing constitution referendum, Duale reiterated his support for the parliamentary system of government noting that it was the only way to promote inclusivity as it will bring on board the marginalized and minority groups to government.
The majority Leader said the system will also address violence that erupts after every election
He said since 1992 when multi party politics was introduced into the country, there has been violence after every election. “If we honestly want to end post-election violence and promote inclusivity, then we should adopt the presidential system of government,” Duale said.
“I will convince President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto together with Jubilee MPs to support this system,” he noted.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Muslim faithful turned at various prayer grounds and mosques to mark Eidul Adhah a festival to commemorate Ibrahim willingness to sacrifice his son.
Muslims around the world observe the event.
By Jacob Songok