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Kenya ready for crucial census

NAIROBI, May 6th, 2009 – The cartographic mapping process for Nairobi province is expected to conclude on June 5, paving way for the Census scheduled for August 2009.

Planning Permanent Secretary Dr Edward Sambili who chairs the National Census Committee said on Thursday that mapping was without major hitches despite earlier security concerns.

The process involves mapping out areas that will be used to collect data and ensure all the parts of the country are covered. 

At a press conference in Nairobi, Dr Sambili assured that results of the census would be ready in September, ahead of the December deadline.

“We will have tentative numbers of our exact population either end of September of first week of October,” he enthused.

He said use of technologies like Geographic Information System (GIS) and use of aerial images in mapping would make this year’s exercise much easier and faster.

In the pipeline are also plans to set up a data processing centre by July for use in the compilation of collected data.

“The questionnaire for the process is ready and will focus on a wide scope of issues ranging from mortality rates to immigration and remittances,” Dr Sambili explained.

 Meanwhile the PS expressed optimism that hid committee would raise the Sh7.36 billion required for the process. The initial Sh7 billion budget had to be revised upwards with the creation of 57 districts.

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“Despite the hard economic times, all indications are that we will receive this money because this is a necessary process,” Dr Sambili said.

The government will be providing the bulk of the amount at Sh6.5 billion while the remainder would be raised through donor agencies.

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