How to distinguish census officials from thugs

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Aug 21st 2019 at 12:54
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The sixth national census is set to kick off on August 24, 2019, and members of the public have been advised to look out for criminals who are planning to pose as census officials.

Since counting of people will start on the night of 24th August 2019 and continue up to 31st August 2019, members of the public have been given tips on how to identify genuine enumerators.


The enumerators will have official badges with their names and ID numbers. Also, the badges will have the KNBS and census logo.


The census officials will have orange and maroon reflector jackets that will have a government logo on the right and a census one on the left. They will also have the census motto ‘Jitokeze Uhesabike.’


It is expected that enumerators will spend about 30 minutes in each house, though this may be shorter or longer depending on the size of the household.


Enumerators have been recruited from where they live and are therefore, known to the locals. They will also be accompanied by village elders, leaders of residence associations and in certain cases, assistant chiefs who are well known by the heads of households.

Key questions

The key questions that will be asked include: age, sex, marital status, births, deaths, migration, forms and severity of difficulties in performing of daily life activities, educational attainment, labour force particulars, access and ownership of ICT equipment and services, crop farming, livestock and aquaculture, housing characteristics, and ownership of assets.


Census data is strictly confidential and all information collected is strictly for use by census officials.

All census officials will swear an “Oath of Secrecy” as embodied in the Statistics Act 2006.

The Oath forbids census officials from divulging the information collected to unauthorized persons. 

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