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Kibaki launches countdown to census

By | August 1st 2009

By Sam Otieno

President Kibaki has called upon Kenyans to be honest during the national census later this month.

Speaking during the launch of the 25-day countdown to the population and housing census, Kibaki said cheating cases would be detected and dealt with accordingly.

"This will perhaps be the most important expression of love for our country this year," said Kibaki on Friday.

He said the statistics collected from the exercise would inform development planning and policy decisions of the Government towards the realisation of Vision 2030.

The President directed security agencies, particularly the provincial administration, to ensure the safety everyone.

Serious mission

The President said his presence during the launch of the Sh7.1 billion exercise on Friday indicated the Government’s commitment to seeing the census through.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government Musalia Mudavadi, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya accompanied the President. Mudavadi called on the Government to make public the findings.

"The two previous censuses were not released to the public. I urge the minister in charge to have figures of this exercise released to the public because they reflect the reality," said Mudavadi.

Oparanya said preliminary results would be out by December. He said MPs from pastoralist communities should assist in ensuring that their constituents remain in their localities during the census.

"We are likely to face challenges from internally displaced persons as well as disputed boundaries," said Oparanya.

Meanwhile, Coast PC Ernest Munyi has told leaders to stop politicising the creation of more administrative units in the region. He said claims by local politicians that the creation of three sub-provinces was aimed at dividing people along tribal lines.

"The government has no ill intensions in creating the sub-provinces. What it is trying to do is to bring services closer to the people, easy co-ordination and politicians should stop misleading the local community," said Munyi.

Speaking in Voi town on Friday when he commissioned the new district, Munyi said the creation of more units was not only in line with Vision 2030 but also part of the on-going reforms in the provincial administration.

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