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Kibwana orders bars closure as Ukambani leaders heighten calls for locals' census in the villages


Makueni governor Prof. Kibwana on Wednesday issued a  notice ordering bars closure in the county during census. PHOTO|FILE



Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has ordered temporary closure of all bars and alcoholic beverages premises in the county on Saturday when national census kicks off.

Prof Kibwana in a notice he issued on Wednesday said bars and business entities licensed by his government to sell liquor will remain closed from August24 at 6am till the following day at 5 pm. This, the county boss said will allow all people in the county to be within their homesteads for the national count.
His order comes barely two days after his Machakos counterpart Dr Alfred Mutua issued a similar notice on Monday.
“Any bar or premise going against this executive order is liable and risks cancellation of the license granted by the county government of Makueni”, Prof. Kibwana warned.

In the notice the county chief highlighted the important of being enumerated to include among others giving accurate number of people living in the county, their living conditions and their accessibility to basic amenities. Other uses of uses of the census data according to the governor include: resource allocation, delineation of boundaries, research and creation of household- based frames for future surveys.    

Prof. Kibwana also called on the Makueni people living in other parts of the country to travel home so that they can be counted within the county.
On Monday his Machakos colleague called on the people from the neighboring counties of Kitui and Makueni to travel home and participate in the national exercise. “I urge my people of Machakos and the South Eastern Kenya Bloc (SEKEB) region to ensure that they are at home for the census activity,” said Dr. Mutua.

In the social media platforms some Kitui residents have mounted pressure on their governor Charity Ngilu to issue a similar statement in following the suit of her Ukambani colleagues.

Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna through a statement on his official Facebook account also called on his constituents to troop to their homes for the census exercise this weekend. He urged the locals to accord the census staff maximum cooperation when they visit their homesteads.





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