Kenya Bureau of Statistics prepares for pilot census

Nairobi County is at advanced stage of conducting a pilot census next month, ahead of the Kenya Population and Housing Census (KPHC) scheduled for August 2019.

The pilot census in 12 selected counties will happen exactly one year before the main census to be conducted countrywide.

Nairobi County Commissioner Amos Mariba said Imara Daima and Mukuru Kwa Njenga sub-locations in Embakasi Division had been earmarked for the exercise because of their diverse populace.

The commissioner made the remarks while conducting the inaugural meeting of the Pilot Census Committee.

The pilot census will be conducted in Busia, Kilifi, Kwale, Nyeri, Kisii, Tharaka, Kericho, Makueni, Kisumu, Mandera and West Pokot.

He said Nairobi holds 10 percent of the Kenyan population with diverse people, including street families, hence the need to carry out a meticulous exercise.

He challenged the Pilot Census Committee composed of representatives of Faith Based Organisations, Civil Society � various government offices that will provide both logistic and technical support � to avoid challenges that were experienced during the last census in August 2009.

Nairobi County Director for Kenya Bureau of Statistics, Henry Osoro said the Bureau had been undertaking the preparatory work for the 2019 KPHC since the year 2015.

He said seven censuses had been conducted in Kenya since pre-independence years in 1948 and 1962, with subsequent ones taking place at intervals of 10 years from 1969 through to 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 being the latest.

Osoro noted that unlike the previous years when census data was collected through filling manual forms, the upcoming census will be fully digitized during mapping and enumeration.

Mobile devices are currently being used to collect the GPS for homesteads, households and other points of interest during mapping exercise, he said.

Osoro said the piloting of the cartographic mapping tools was undertaken in Trans Nzoia and West Pokot Counties.

Source: Kenya News Agency