What Happens if you don't Participate or give false information in the upcoming Census

Pursuant to the Statistics (Amendment) Act and the Accreditation Service Act, you risk a fine of up to Ksh100,000 or six months in prison for providing incorrect data during census.

Dodging the practice will also attract a fine of up to a prison term of up to Ksh100,000 or one year.

This follows that last month President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Statistics (Amendment) Bill and the Accreditation Service Bill into law. The law seeks to improve the authenticity of the collected information and the census ‘ government compliance.

“Any person who hinders or obstructs the director-general (of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics) or any authorised officer in the execution of any powers conferred under this Act commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both,” says the Act.

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Enumerators will obtain information from you in the 2019 Population and Housing Census, including occupation, employment status, assets and estate ownership, gender, age, number of wives and data on disability.

“Any individual who voluntarily fails to provide any data or specific information as needed by this Act commits an offense and is responsible for a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both,” adds the law.

The workout this year will kick off 24/25 August night and finish on 31 August. The practice will involve, among others, people discovered in homes, those in transit, people in hotels and lodges, and institutions like hospitals and prisons.

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