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Ensure everyone is enumerated, says PS

The government has called for a tripartite collaboration among census officials, village elders and government officials to ensure all Kenyans are enumerated before the national population and housing census comes to a close on Saturday.

Public service and youth affairs PS Dr. Francis Owino speaking Thursday during a tour of Rachuonyo south sub county to monitor the ongoing 2019 census exercise directed all chiefs and their assistants to ensure all households data was captured.

Owino said the government is taking the exercise seriously to the extent that it had released all Cabinet and Principal Secretaries to monitor the progress.

The PS said his tour involved checking on whether there were any challenges that required support or change of strategy to make the exercise 100 per cent successful.

He called for shift of focus to unique cases such as those involving residents not found available in their homes and had not called back.

“Find out where exactly they are and whether they have been enumerated elsewhere so that nobody is left out,” he said.

The county census coordinator Enock Obuolo in a brief said so far 89 per cent of 28,856 households in Rachuonyo south sub county have been covered, adding that they have already put in place strategies to reach the remaining family units.

According to Obuolo, part of the strategy was to transfer some of the enumerators who had already completed tasks in their respective areas to assist their counterparts who remained with more houses to be covered.

The PS was accompanied by Homa bay county commissioner Harman Shambi who said the government directive will be implemented effectively to achieve 100 percent enumeration.

By Moseti Julius

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