JKUAT and Moi Universities to eat a few millions from KNBS 2019 census in tenders

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on behalf of the government under the Statistic Act of 2006 is mandated to conduct national population census every 10 years, and this is the 10th year after the last census that was conducted in 2009. The 2019 Census however comes with a difference, as this year KNBS intends to deploy high-end tech in which the enumerators will be given tablets to record people’s details (hopefully not those already recorded by Huduma Number). To help acquire the tablets, KNBS has given a go ahead to JKUAT and Moi Universities to supply the bureau with the necessary tablets.

According to the director of the KNBS the move to award the Universities with the tenders was triggered by how the two universities created many job for the youths. “This was informed by the fact that these two universities did participate in the digital literacy program for the assembly of the tablets for primary schools. Their participation led to creation of many jobs for the youth who assembled and programmed the gadgets” said Mr.Mwangi.

The data entry will be done through mobile electronic devices that will be assembled at JKUAT and Moi Universities. This will be the 8th census conducted in the country after 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 done in the previous years. The KNBS will be able to create short term job opportunities for many people majority of whom are the youth since it will require a total of 147,700 personnel for the exercise. Of the personnel to be engaged in the 2019 census 12,700 will be ICT Supervisors, 27,000 will be Content Supervisors and 135,000 will be enumerators. The exercise commences on 24th Aug 2019. The two universities have been contracted to supply tablets worth Sh470.5 million for the census period at an exercise that is going to cost the government a total sum of Sh18.5 billion.

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Adrian Opiyo

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