Treasury CS Henry Rotich warns youth over Facebook census job scam

Beware of census scam jobs, says Henry Rotich, Treasury Cabinet secretary.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has cautioned the public not to fall prey to fraudsters who ask for money in order to secure a job for the census. In a press briefing, Mr. Rotich also warned the public against a job scam on social media by people who are conducting their own recruitments. The minister also mentioned that the recruitment will be conducted at a local level by the National Bureau of Statics, therefore no one should be duped.

The scam involves Facebook adverts on vacancies of fake census enumerator jobs. According to a report by Nairobi News, the Treasury Ministry clarified that recruitment for the positions will start in June only two months before the census is carried out on the 24th of August.

The warning comes in the midst of the many Facebook or online scams over the years that have targeted unemployed Kenyan youth. From asking job seekers to pay for training or to secure their spots only to find out that they have been conned after going to the said company or institution and being told that they had no vacancies or even that they were not aware of the social media posts.

For the first time, the census will be fully technology based and the results are expected to be out by December. This will be the shortest time the government has ever taken to release census results. The results for the August 2009 census were officially released in August 2010.

Mr. Rotich also dismissed claims that the Kenyan census is more expensive compared to others in the region.  The government will have spent Sh18.5 billion allocated over the last three years, a cost that Mr. Rotich says compares favorably with international standards.

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