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It’s one year in jail or Sh100k fine if you boycott upcoming census

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Kenyans who boycott the upcoming census risk a one-year jail term or a fine of Sh100,000 or both.

The government is set to conduct Kenya’s sixth national census on the night of August 24, 2019.

But according to Statistics Act of 2006, any person who willfully fails to give any information or particulars as required under the Act commits an offence.

They are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

This year’s census is the first since the promulgation of the 2010 constitution and the first one to be carried out using digital gadgets, a paperless process that seeks to ensure accuracy, speed of processing and security of the data.

The census will focus on eight key areas including population characteristics, disability, education, labour force, ICT, livestock, agriculture, housing conditions and amenities as well as household assets.

CENSUS NIGHT

All persons who will be within the borders of Kenya on the census night (August 24/25) will be counted.

This includes people persons found in the households, those on transit, individuals in hotels and lodges, and institutions such as hospitals and prisons, among others

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Counting of people will start on the night of August 24, and continue up to the August 31, 2019 when counting is scheduled to end.

People will be counted with reference to where they spent the night of August 24/25, 2019, which is called Census Reference Night.

If one misses out on the counting on the reference night, you will still be counted but with reference on where one was on the night of August 24/25.

In case by August 31 one is not counted, a toll-free number will be provided for you to contact KNBS to send an enumerator to enumerate your household.

The initial report is expected after three months while the detailed analytical reports will be released within one year after the census.

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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

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I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

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“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

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