Court gives tough orders ahead of 2019 census

Uncertainty over 2019 census

KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi. Court orders KNBS to reveal names of enumerators and supervisors in Homa Bay County

The courts have ordered the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) to disclose names of supervisors and enumerators listed for a section of Homa Bay County.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Maureen Onyango gave the ruling on Friday following a petition by residents Michael Kojo, Evince Otieno, John Okambo, Antony Gaya, and Daniel Onyango.

The judge ordered KNBS, Homa Bay County Commission, Homa Bay County Statistics Officer and the Attorney General to provide the court with the names of the officials from Rachuonyo sub-county.

The petitioners had claimed that the hiring process was marred with irregularities.

In addition, they claimed that the hiring officials had refused to offer up information as requested by members of the public, hence they had violated provisions of the Constitution and Fair Administrative Action Act.

"The administrative action taken by [the commission, the statistics officer and the KNBS] has resulted in hiring of persons who did not apply for various positions," the petitioners' papers read in part.

The census exercise set to begin in a week's time may be affected as the suit is decided by the court.

Rowdy youth storm training session

In Kangemi Ward, Westklands constituency and parts of Kiambaa constituency similar claims have been made over the recruitment process.

Though residents in these areas did not take the matter to court, rowdy youth stormed centres where enumerators had gathered for training.

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