No disco will be allowed in Siaya County on the night of 2019’s census exercise slated for August 24/25, 2019, area County Commissioner, Michael ole Tialal has said.
Tialal at the same time called on bar and restaurant owners in the county to ensure they closed their premises early to allow the public time to go to their homes on time for the exercise.
Addressing the media in his office Wednesday, the commissioner said that all arrangements were in place for the exercise and assured the public of maximum security prior to, during the census period and after.
“I want to plead with bar and restaurant owners and all those operating drinking joints to close early on the night of 24th and 25th August to enable the public to rush home for the census,” he said and added, ” during the same evening, no disco will be allowed to play anywhere’’.
Tialal said that the security agencies were ready for anybody who will attempt to take advantage of the exercise to commit crime.
“Some people may want to masquerade as census officials to gain entry into homes and steal or harass the innocent civilians. We are alert,” he said.
He said that enumerators recruited from their respective localities, will be accompanied by either assistant chiefs or village elders who are known to the residents.
He called on the public to report any masquerader to the security agencies for action.
“As the chairman of the county security committee, I assure the public that we have enough police who will be patrolling everywhere to ensure security to the public and census officials,” he said.
The county commissioner called for maximum cooperation and support to the census officials so that the government gets the right data to enable it plan better for her citizens.
By Philip Onyango