National census can be rigged again - Governor sends warning

The 2019 national census is only 7 months away

A KNBS official enters data manually during the 2009 national census (Twitter)

Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has raised alarm over possible rigging during the upcoming national census.

Governor Njuki, who has been vocal about the census, insisted that information given by heads of families should be verified before it is entered as part of the data collected.

"In 2009 some regions were allowed to just quote figures of children they had without any proof at all.

"Census should be a confirmation of the data held by the registrar of births. No one should be listed if they don't have a birth certificate.

"That's the most basic form of identification and numbering of population in Kenya," Njuki explained.

Concerns ahead of August Census

The Frontier Counties Development Council had raised concerns saying that there were plans to "reducing our numbers".

In response, Governor Njuki noted that the upcoming census should not be used as a way to settle scores.

"We are not looking at this as an opportunity for us to get what is not ours. We are looking at it as a way to right the wrongs that were done in the 2009 census.

"You cannot use population census to favour some communities that are supposed to be politically correct to you and you cannot punish people for being truthful about their number of children," Njuki noted.

The 2019 census will see people fined up to Sh100,000 for offering false information.

Teenagers aged 15 years and above will be quizzed on whether they are familiar with e-commerce while toddlers aged 3 years and older will be required to disclose whether they own a mobile phone.

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