The government announced on Friday that August 26, 2019 will be a public holiday to provide room for Kenyans ‘ maximum participation in the upcoming August 24 census.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement at KICC, Nairobi, when the countdown to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census was launched.
“To ensure maximum enumeration during the first two days (August 24 and 25) of the census period, I have authorized Monday, 26th August 2019 to be a Public Holiday,” the president announced.
During the census practice, the head of state assured Kenyans of their safety, saying that needed measures have been taken to guarantee that the activity takes place in a secure and minimally disruptive setting.
“All enumerators will be accompanied by uniform safety officers and may also be accompanied, depending on the region, by community elders and resident association officials,” Uhuru said.
To guarantee that all Kenyans are involved in the census, the president announced that special measures have been placed in place to guarantee that pastoralists, employees in vital and emergency services industries and people are counted who support global travel and airlines.
The president, who called on all Kenyans to assist the process, clarified that the government was taking the step to reschedule college opening dates to minimize people’s motion during the practice.
“Therefore, it is the patriotic obligation of each and every one of us to do everything necessary to promote the practice,” the president encouraged.
Uhuru expressed pride in using technology in the census that the mobile telephony systems and other accessories to be used in the activity were all collected locally at Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.