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Bar owners asked to close business

Bar owners in Trans Nzoia have been asked to close their business on the night of August 24 /25 to allow all people in the county to be counted.
Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang at the same time assured residents of their security on the counting dates.
He was speaking at Kitale National polytechnic when he met assistant chiefs, chiefs, assistant County Commissioner and deputy County Commissioners and Census Committees at all levels in a security planning meeting for population and the housing census.
“We have put in place all mechanisms that will see the population and household census carried out in a smooth way,” he said.
The county commissioner directed  National Government Adminstration Officers ( NGAO) to sensitise residents on the need to turnout in large numbers to be counted.
“I want to appeal to residents of the county to turn out to be counted for the good of development of this county,” he said.
He said the census committees both at county and sub county levels recruited credible officials that will do the census well.
“We have already trained ICT officers and content supervisors, training for enumerators is ongoing,” he told journalist after a security meeting with his officers.
As a security measure, the county commissioner said that enumerators will be accompanied by village elders who will easily be identified by locals.
The village elders will also hold prior barazas with locals for identification purposes which will diffuse fears of criminals taking advantage of the activity.
“We will also increase night patrols as a measure of containing security in the whole county,” he added.
He said all Kenyans and non -Kenyans within the county will be counted and asked for co-operation during the counting exercise.
“We have trained our census officials on how to carry out the population and housing and household census and we are sure that all will be well,” he said.
By Pauline Ikanda

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