In Summary
  • Mzee Moi who was elated by his participation, was enumerated in an exercise led by Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui.
  • Mr Mbui told enumerators that the government was relying on them to give an accurate tally of Kenyans.
  • Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu, however, assured locals of tight security.

Former President Daniel Arap Moi is among Kenyans who were counted at his home in Kabarak, Nakuru County, as the 2019 census kicked off on Saturday.  

Mzee Moi who was elated by his participation, was enumerated in an exercise led by Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui.

He called on Kenyans to participate in the exercise, which he said was crucial in aiding government to plan and make key policy decisions to spur growth.

ACCURATE

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who was also enumerated during the exercise, called on Kenyans to cooperate with census officials to make it a success.

Later, Mr Mbui officially launched the exercise at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital where he was accompanied by enumerators to the wards.

Mr Mbui told enumerators that the government was relying on them to give an accurate tally of Kenyans.

CENSUS

An enumerator takes details of travellers at a police roadblock at Pipeline area on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway on August 24, 2019. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“Development of the country depends on you. We expect a thorough work from you,” he said as he assured the numerators of   security.

No major incidents were reported in Nakuru as locals cooperated. In some estates like Flamingo though, residents expressed fears for their security.

The area has been grappling with a gang christened ‘Confirm’. Mr Moses Kuria, a resident from Flamingo estate, told Nation that it could be risky to open door past 8 pm since the area(Flamingo) is prone to attacks at night.

TIGHT SECURITY

Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu, however, assured locals of tight security.

At the Nakuru Central Business District, most supermarkets were crowded with customers who seemed to be rushing to shop.  

Nakuru Level Five Hospital, census

A census' enumerator briefs a nurse at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital on August 24, 2019. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Law enforcement officers were all over in the town. Sex workers, who were on their usual business, told the Nation that they would take part in the census exercise later after ‘work’ 

The exercise was however delayed at Kipkonyo area in Moi Ndabi in Naivasha following network problem.

Naivasha Deputy Commissioner Mbogo Mathioya said the gadgets were promptly replaced.

He confirmed than more than 1,000 gadgets were distributed.

He said a roadblock had been mounted on the Maai Mahiu-Narok highway where those on transit would be counted.

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