By George Kori.
Nakuru’s Kuresoi North Deputy County Commissioner Felix Watakila has directed area residents to chain their dogs on the nights of August 24 to August 31 so as to facilitate the counting of Kenyans.
Mr Watakila says Kuresoi North constituents who will decline to be counted will be arrested and charged.
Part of declining to take part in the Census exercise, Mr Watakila says, includes unleashing dogs on enumerators.
“I order Kuresoi North residents to ensure their dogs are chained when enumerators visit their homes. We rely on them (enumerators) to ensure the Census exercise is successful,” Mr Watakila said on Tuesday, August 20, during the oath-taking ceremony of 438 enumerators at Sirikwa Secondary School.
The function was presided over by Molo Senior Resident Magistrate Duncan Soita.
Mr Watakila warned enumerators against conducting the Census exercise under the influence of alcohol, saying those who will be found to have contravened that order will be arrested and charged.
Mr Watakila’s remarks come just a day after the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics director general, Zachary Mwangi Chege, said that should one refuse to be counted, he or she will have breached provisions in the Statistics Act, and risks spending six months in jail or a fine of Ksh100, 000.
Mwangi told K24 Digital that no matter where one is, he or she will be counted, including even those holed up in lodgings.