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Machakos bars, business premises to be shut on census day

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua (Centre) addresses the media today (Monday, August 19, 2019)



Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has ordered a temporary closure of businesses in the county on Saturday when the national census kicks off.

Dr Mutua in a statement he issued on Monday said the enterprises will remain closed between August 24 and 25 to enable accurate data collection during the national census.

According to the county boss, the move is aimed at enabling the families to be together hence easing the national count exercise.

“Bars and joints that predominantly sell alcohol, or engage in entertainment will be closed from 6.00am, August 24 until 6.00pm, Sunday, August 25 2019,” the statement read in part.  

All markets to be closed by 5.00pm on Saturday, August 24 and reopen at 9.00 am Sunday, August 25th, 2019.”  The governor added.

Dr Mutua said the stoppages and closure will give workers enough times to their homes and participate in the census activity. 

He   asked employers in the county to give their workers off duty warning that those would defy the directive might be heftily penalized.  “Those who disregard these set times will incur heavy and punitive measures that may include cancellation of their business permit, arrests and hefty fines,” Dr. Mutua said.

The county chief also 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.





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