Census should capture all migrating herders: Lonyangapuo

West Pokot Govenor John Lonyangapuo (pictured) wants the national government to put in place measures to ensure pastoralists who have migrated to Uganda are counted in the census.

Lonyangapuo and Kacheliba MP Mark Lomunokol, who on Wednesday visited Natekol village in Uganda, called on the government to send enumerators to Uganda.

He noted the pastoral community members are migratory and should be reached.

The governor said they will organise herders in shifts for everyone to take part in the exercise.

Lonyangapuo pointed out that the exercise is important because the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) uses population as a factor in determining fund allocations.

“If everyone is counted, we will get our rightful share in the revenue allocations."

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Jackson Kadinyang, a herder at Namisia, called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure they are all counted.

Meanwhile, bar operators in Trans Nzoia County have been directed to ensure their businesses are closed on the nights of August 24 and 25 to allow residents who frequent their joints to take part in the census. 

Trans Nzoia county commissioner Samson Ojwang’ said the move is aimed at ensuring all residents will be at home.

“We are targeting to capture everybody, including foreigners present in the county,” Ojwang said.

The county commissioner also called on residents to give accurate information to the enumerators to give the government the right data. 

“We want the right data to help in strategic planning for socio-economic development. Misleading information will affect planning,” he said in Kitale. 

The administrator also assured residents of tight security during the counting.

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