Kenya’s Population Census Has Come And Gone But Over 13,000 Census Staff Are Still Unpaid 2 Month After

By  |  November 6, 2019

Kenya’s population census has come and gone with the latest data placing Kenya’s population at 47,564,296. But some About 13,428 temporary staff who contributed to the success of the exercise in 4 counties are still unpaid two months after the census.

According to reports, over 13,000 temporary staff consisting of enumerators, content and ICT supervisors hired by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) to conduct the 2019 census have not been paid their dues.

Director-General of the KNBS, Zachary Mwangi, on Tuesday, November 5, attributed the delay to the submission of wrong personal details by the affected individuals.

Some of the enumerators are said to have also lost equipment such as tablets, power banks, solar chargers, and accessories to enlist Kenyans, and this has hindered their pay.

“The payment process involves confirmation of personnel who worked, verification of the account details, and inspection of returned mobile devices and their accessories to confirm that they are still functional,” said Mwangi.

The agency also said it has so far paid workers in 43 counties who were contracted for the exercise which started on the midnight of August 24 to August 25.

On Monday, November 4, the KNBS officially released the total number of Kenya’s population including the statistics per county as of 2019.

As deduced from the data highlighting the business end of things, with the exception of Nairobi city and Mombasa counties, agriculture remains a key driver of growth in most counties.

Agriculture helped counties such as Nakuru, Kiambu, Meru, Bungoma, Kakamega, and Nyeri to record robust growth powered by agriculture and the services sectors.

Also, industrial activities (manufacturing activities in particular) are mainly concentrated in urban counties, namely: Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, Machakos, Kisumu, Nakuru, and Kajiado.

Here are the top 10 most populous counties and what each contributes to the national GDP:

  • Nairobi (4,397,073) – 21.7 percent
  • Kiambu (2,417,735) – 5.5 percent
  • Nakuru (2,162,202) – 6.1 percent
  • Kakamega (1,867,579) – 2.4 percent
  • Bungoma (1,670,570) – 2.3 percent
  • Meru (1.545,714) – 2.9 percent
  • Kilifi (1,453,787) – 1.6 percent
  • Machakos (1,421,932) – 3.2 percent
  • Kisii (1,266,860) – 2.1 percent
  • Mombasa (1,208,333) – 4.7 percent

Featured Image Courtesy: TheEastAfrican

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