Enumerator who abandoned duty for boda boda business sacked

An enumerator a house gate after taking details from a family on the first day of the 2019 census exercise. Another enumerator was sacked in Homa Bay for absconding duty. [Gideon Maundu, Standard]
A census enumerator has been sacked in Homa Bay County after he abandoned his duties and returned to his boda boda business.

According to Suba Deputy County Commissioner Kamau Maina, the enumerator covered only four households on Saturday night and went home to sleep.

On Sunday morning, he served only one household.

He was seen ferrying two people to Sindo town at 1pm on Sunday. His contract was terminated that evening.

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“The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics realised that the enumerator’s gadget was idle for more than the expected duration yet the enumerator had not complained,” Mr Maina said.

Homa Bay County Commissioner Harman Shambi said the enumerator has been replaced.

In Nakuru, a middle-aged woman was charged with selling alcohol during census night against the order by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i.

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Margret Wanjiru was allegedly found selling alcoholic drinks on August 25, 2019, at Ahero Centre in Bahati, Nakuru County.

She denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Usui.

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In Juja, a woman was yesterday arrested for refusing to participate in the census.

The suspect is being held at Juja Police Station.

According to police reports, the woman, a resident of Joyland estate, refused to participate in the exercise and used vulgar language against census officials.

Juja Sub-County Police Commander Dorothy Migarusha said the woman will be charged at Thika Law Courts.

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In Migingo Island, residents are being enumerated even as controversy over ownership of the island remains.

Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure confirmed enumerators were on the island conducting the count.

In Tana River, five elders have been arrested after they were accused of inciting residents against census.

The elders Munguveni in Ndera location were arrested on Sunday evening and are being held at Garsen Police Station.

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