All bars and clubs in Kenya will be closed at exactly 5 PM on Saturday of 24th to pave way for the most expensive census exercise in Kenya.
To ensure that the exercise is successful and to avoid the repeat of what happened during the bungled Huduma Namba registration drive, the Ministry of Interior will be taking no prisoners this time round.
Those found drinking on the night of 24th will be counted, then arrested and prosecuted for ignoring a directive from the government.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has ordered all social joints to be closed down and directed the police across the country to ensure the order is respected and followed.
Bar and club owners have come up in arms threatening to move to court to challenge the directive by CS Fred Matiang’i.
Bar owners say the directive will affect their businesses because it is only through weekends that they are able to get customers since it only during such days that most Kenyans are free.
The government has assured Kenyans and enumerators of “adequate” security after concerns emerged that criminals might take advantage of the exercise to terrorise Kenyans.
This year’s census exercise is going to cost the taxpayer to the tune of 18 billion shillings, making it the most expensive exercise since independence.
Census is a game of numbers and it is feared that politicians might use the exercise to cook numbers so that they can have leverage over others during general elections.
During the last census, some politicians complained that the government of the day had cooked numbers to give some communities leverage for political reasons.
The coming census will be the first to be conducted electronically with the toolkit designed to take between 5 to 10 minutes to count one person.
The census toolkits will rely on the availability of the internet with chances of some of them failing during the exercise being eminent.