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Kenya: Census to Cost Sh7 Billion

Nairobi – The Government will conduct a national census at a cost of Sh7 billion to facilitate planning and execution of its development programmes.

Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Minister, Mr Wycliffe Oparanya, said the census will be in August, next year.

“Plans are under way because we need proper figures to plan successfully,” he said on Tuesday.

“It is only through clear understanding of the population that the Government will be able to tackle the problems of poverty, unemployment and unequal distribution of resources.”

Oparanya said people would be resettled in their homes before the census is conducted.

He said his ministry had prepared a short-term economic recovery paper on resettlment. More than Sh31 billion has been set aside for the job, he added.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has already kicked-off the census with demographic mapping of Central, Eastern and Nyanza Provinces.

The last census was conducted in 1999 when the population stood at 28.9 million.

It is estimated that the population has been growing at about three per cent each year and could stand at 36 million today.

“We need to know the population as we embark on implementing the Vision 2030,” said Oparanya.

He was meeting the heads of parastatals in the ministry.

He said the Government would soon launch the Vision 2030 and start the implementation of 2008-2013 medium term objectives.

Oparanya said the Constituency Development Fund, which has been moved from the Office of the President to the Planning Ministry, would be audited.