In Summary
  • Mr Imbindi said he had been assigned to carry out the census exercise in the village as captured in the map from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

  • In Mombasa County, two census officials were attacked by a suspected drunk driver on the Kibarani highway in Likoni sub county on Saturday.

  • In Homa Bay County, a census enumerator was on Saturday night bitten by a dog as he collected data in West Kamagak Location in Rachuonyo South.

The population count in Shinyika-Itumbi village in Lurambi constituency was disrupted after villagers chased away census officials on Sunday.

Villagers accused the enumerator and village elder of enlisting them in the neighbouring Ikolomani constituency instead of Lurambi.

Mr Bernard Likhanga, a village administrator, said the data for villagers from Shinyika-Itumbi was being captured by enumerators from Ikolomani constituency.

BOUNDARIES

“The chief and village elder know where the boundaries lie but (they) have decided to cross into Lurambi to enlist villagers," said Mr Likhanga.

Mr Frederick Bandi, the enumerator and the village elder John Imbindi said they were assigned 133 households covering Shinyika-Itumbi village but managed to visit 21 homes on Saturday night.

But on Sunday morning, a villager blocked them from proceeding with the exercise.

“The villagers turned hostile and confronted us as we visited homes to plan for the exercise,” said Mr Imbindi.

He said he had been assigned to carry out the census exercise in the village as captured in the map from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

But Shirere Ward Rep David Ikunza said he had raised the issue with the County Statistics Officer Thomas Odhiambo.

CENSUS

“We do not understand why enumerators from neighbouring Ikolomani have been deployed to carry out the population census in Lurambi. We are opposed to this because the data being captured will be reflected in the Ikolomani constituency,” said Mr Ikunza.

Kakamega County Commissioner Pauline Dola said the issue had been addressed and the population count would proceed as planned.

“We have not had major issues on the first night of the count except that some homes had been left out during the prelisting exercise but arrangements have been made to ensure everybody is captured during the census,” said Ms Dola.

Kakamega County Police Commander Bernard Muli said no ugly incidents had been reported in the region.

ATTACKED

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