Female Senator pleads with Matiang'i to lift order on bars and entertainment joints

Senator wants bars to operate as usual during census

Senator Millicent Omanga asks Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to lift order on closing bars at 5pm during 2019 national census

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has pleaded with Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to lift the order instructing bar owners to close their business at 5 pm during the first two days of the 2019 Population and Housing Census.

In a post on her official Facebook page, the Senator argued that the ban will mean losses for business people and their suppliers.

She termed the move as "unwarranted, unjustifiable and punitive" to the bar and restaurant owners as well as those who love to drink.

"Being a weekend, and an end month to boot, it's tradition for folks to while away time in drinking parlours thanking their bodies for a job well done as well as catching up with buddies to canvas important matters and trending topics.

"To keep these favourite joints under lock and key means businesses will harvest massive losses and therefore they'll have no cash to pay their employees, suppliers and landlords.

"On behalf of stakeholders in this critical sector, I implore CS Matiangi to consider retracting his orders for the sake of posterity. In any case people can be counted anywhere they're, anytime," the post read in part.

Summary of orders given over census

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir has also asked CS Matiang'i to relax the order that will also affect Madrasa classes.

County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed yesterday alerted motorists using Mombasa Road on August 24 and August 25 that there will be roadblocks along the busy highway to allow special enumerators to conduct the exercise for trailer drivers and travelers on overnight journeys.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua also ordered employers in his county to give their employees time off so that they can travel to their homes for the census.

He also ordered all factories and construction sites to remain closed from noon on Saturday and be reopened at 6 am on Monday morning.

In Nakuru, residents have been warned against unleashing their guard dogs on enumerators during the census exercise. Kuresoi North Deputy County Commissioner Felix Watakila said that any resident who will not chain their dogs will be subject to arrest and prosecution.

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