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Recruitment of the forthcoming census should be on merit

Makueni County Commissioner (CC) Mr. Maalim Mohammed has told officials involved in the recruitment of the forthcoming national population census personnel in the county to ensure that merit is followed.
Mohammed warned those involved in the recruitment of enumerators, content supervisors and ICT supervisors against manipulating the process to be conducted by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
He said this in his Wote boardroom on Monday where he chaired the Makueni County Census Committee.
During the meeting, a six member committee from different departments from both the national and county governments were identified to spearhead the recruitment exercise of the73 ICT supervisors.
Consequently, the administrator warned the deputy county commissioners against abetting corruption as they recruit the 478 content supervisors and the 2,756 enumerators at the 9 sub-counties.
“We want those handling shortlisting, to do it without favouritism or bribery. We want the census to succeed and this can only happen if we enlist the services of qualified personnel who are of high integrity,” said Mohammed.
Further, he said, it was imperative to give opportunities to youth so that they can taste the fruits of the country.
On human/wildlife conflict in parts of Kibwezi and Makindu sub-counties, Mohammed said Kenya Wildlife Service rangers will be deployed during the census period to provide security.
At the same time, he said, there would be a challenge with the terrain where four wheel drive vehicles may be required to access the hilly sections of the county.
In this regard, he called for maximum cooperation from all the stakeholders during this period in order to ensure the census is a success.
By Patrick Nyakundi

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