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Government: Census Enumerators Expected to Cover 13 Million Households

This is according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho who made the announcement at a press conference on Monday

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Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and various government officials address a press conference on the progress of the 2019 census on August 26,2019.

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA

The government on Monday stated that each of the enumerators mandated with carrying out the census is expected to have covered 100 households by the end of the exercise. Census.

This is according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho who made the announcement at a press conference on Monday where he also stated that the government will put every effort to ensure the exercise is completed by the set date of August 31, 2019.

A quick skim through the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) website revealed that census personnel include 2,467 ICT supervisors, 22,268 content supervisors and 138,572 enumerators.

Hence if each of the 138,572 enumerators covers 100 households then it would reveal that the government is targeting to account for at least 13,857,000 households.

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The government on Monday stated that each of the enumerators mandated with carrying out the census is expected to have covered 100 households by the end of the exercise. Pixabay

“We have a foolproof system to deter false information and altering of numbers. We are expecting that by end of the 7 days each enumerator should have covered 100 households,” said the PS.

He also added that at least 35 cases of a section of Kenyan citizens obstructing the enumeration exercise have already been reported, with a few of them already in court.

“It’s against the law for anyone to stop enumerators to do their work,” said PS Kibicho, adding that action will be taken against area administrators found to be involved in boycotting of the exercise.

He further thanked bar and restaurant owners for heeding to the call to shut down their premises by 5PM for the first two days of the exercise; Saturday and Sunday.

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The PS also gave the business owners the green light to resume operations saying the establishments can be open Monday from 5PM.

“For Kenyans who have not been counted you still have time that is up to August 31…We expect that by then each household will have been visited.”

“We have agreed as inter-ministerial committee to extend working hours from 6am to 10pm in urban areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii, Machakos, Thika,” he stated.

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Devendra Fadnavis Sworn-in as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra & Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister

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Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of Chief Minister of Maharashtra to Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy CM to Shri Ajit Pawar.

In a stunning political development, Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari on Saturday morning administered the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister.

The two were sworn-in at a function in the Raj Bhavan held around 8 a.m. in the presence of a few BJP and NCP leaders, and other government officials.

Soon afterwards, Fadnavis said that the Governor would give them a letter instructing when to prove the new government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly.

He added that the cabinet would be expanded at a later date.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his best wishes to Fadnavis for taking over as the CM for a second consecutive term, and to Pawar on his appointment as Dy.CM.

A letter was issued from Union Home Ministry simultaneously that said that President’s Rule was lifted from Maharashtra.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis taking oath.

Speaking to the media, Fadnavis said that after the elections, the Shiv Sena which had secured a clear majority in alliance with BJP rejected the public mandate and was engaged in forming the government with some other parties necessitating President’s Rule in Maharashtra.

Since it did not appear possible for those three parties to form a ‘khichdi’ (hotch-potch’) government and in order to provide a stable government to the state the decision was taken.

“Along with Ajit Pawar and support of others, we submitted a list to the Governor who discussed the issue with the centre to conclude that a viable government could be formed,” Fadnavis said.

Accordingly, after discussing with the Centre, the Governor invited Fadnavis and Pawar to form the government which was sworn-in.

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On his part, Ajit Pawar said that giving the state a stable government was the need of the hour which did not appear to be happening.

“I was tired of the continuous negotiations going on and so decided to go with Fadnavis and give a stable government to the state,” Pawar said. (IANS)