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Government to get accurate data during census

The  government  has put in place mechanisms and structures that will enable efficient and accurate capturing of data  in the coming census.

At  the same time, the government has allayed fears of data manipulation by politicians to serve their interests.

Speaking  during the County Service Delivery Committee meeting at the County Commissioner’s Board room Wednesday, the  Trans Nzoia County Statistics Officer, Isaac  Sang assured residents that the recruitment and training programmes put in place would see the 24/25 August census carried out with little suspicion.

The  Trans Nzoia  West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Khalif  Abudulahi  who was chairing the meeting on behalf of area County Commissioner, Samson  Ojwang asked departments to embrace multi agency co-ordination for better service delivery.

He asked departments to share available resources at their disposal with the aim of serving Kenyans better.

The County Civil Registrar, Peter Mukunzi reported that that the RRI programme started early this months has seen 27, 000 birth certificates issued to applicants against the 40, 000 expectation.

He also said that his office had registered at least 22, 832 new applicants but cited lack of birth certificate booklets.

Abudulahi  warned middlemen and civil registration officers that appropriate action would be taken against those found taking bribes in issuance of birth certificates.

“We want to see these queues and crowding at the office of the civil registrar come to an end as these crowds are an attraction to middle men who swindle the unsuspecting public,” he said.

He said that the government was issuing the birth certificates free of charge and anyone found charging for their issue would be firmly dealt with.

By  Pauline  Ikanda

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