National census to cost taxpayers Ksh.18 billion


National census to cost taxpayers Ksh.18 billion
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Director General Zachary Mwangi. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • The 2019 national census is expected to cost the taxpayer Ksh.18.5 billion. This is an increase of Ksh.10 billion from the last census.
  • Kenya Bureau of statistics planning to engage 170,000 workers for the process.
  • Director General Zachary Mwangi says they will pilot the census on August 25 this year before the actual process in August 2019.

The 2019 national census is expected to cost the taxpayer Ksh.18.5 billion. This is an increase of Ksh.10 billion from the last census.

Kenya Bureau of statistics Director General Zachary Mwangi announced the costs saying Ksh.3.3 billion will be used to buy mobile phones to facilitate the process.

Speaking when he appeared before the Committee on Implementation of the constitution CIOC, Mr. Mwangi said they are planning to engage 170,000 workers for the process.

Mr. Mwangi says they will pilot the census on August 25 this year before the actual process in August 2019.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will begin the process of revising the borders of Kenya’s constituencies after the country holds the census in 2019.

The process, which must be done by 2021, a year before the next General Election, will started its groundwork in February but the process will begin after the census in 2019.

The last review happened in 2010, conducted by the Andrew Ligale-led boundary review commission and is bound for review after every 8-12 years.

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