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83pc of Kenya homes covered in census

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on Friday said 83 percent of households in Kenya had been covered in the ongoing census.

KNBS Director General Antony Kilele said he expected enumerators to hit 95 percent coverage by Sunday.

"Ninety one percent of households in Nairobi and Central Provinces have been covered, Rift Valley 83 percent, Coast 77 percent, Eastern 87 percent and North Eastern 70 percent of households have been enumerated," he said.

Mr Kilele said counting would likely to be completed by Sunday.

He however urged those who had not been counted to contact local provincial administrative offices in their areas or call hotline numbers 020-2529192, 0737-073309 or 0712-827056.

He re-emphasised the need for people to give correct details saying it was important for the country.

Mr Kilele said his office had received information that some enumerators had interviewed children which he said was not correct.

He said people who disagree with information given in their absence should also get in touch with their provincial administrative offices or call the hotline numbers.

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Population and Social Statistics Director Dr Collins Opiyo appealed to Kenyans to take it as their responsibility to ensure they were counted.

He reminded them that the information being collected was important for the country, for the economy, social welfare and research.

He urged the public to embrace the spirit of patriotism and make every effort to be enumerated.

The census began on the night of August 24 and was due to formally end on Monday August 31.

But even as the KNBS records indicated most households in the country had been enumerated, numerous callers to the Capital FM Newsroom complained they had been skipped and enumerators had not left call back cards.

On Thursday, enumerators in the city’s Nairobi West suburb told Capital News that it was hard to get the working population in their homes during the day.

They also said the counting process had clashed with Ramadhan because most of the Muslims were in mosques praying or ending their fast away from their homes.

They also said not all people were cooperative enough to give their information especially concerning their tribes.

However they said they were positive they would complete the exercise by the Monday deadline.

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In North Eastern Kenya, enumerators faced transport complications due to the long distances between households.

Mr Kilele said the government had increased the number of vans in such areas to ensure the process is completed on time.

Estimates show that Kenya’s population is likely to have increase by five million people from the 35 million recorded in 1999 census.

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