President Uhuru Kenyatta last month signed into law the Statistics (Amendment) Act, 2019. According to the Act, the penalties for obstruction of census ranges from Sh100,000 to Sh500,000 while giving the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) professional independence and expanded its mandate.
“Any person who hinders or obstructs the director-general (of KNBS) or any authorized officer in the execution of any powers conferred under this Act commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both,” stated the Act.
Also giving of false information will also attract the sh 500,000 fine penalty but with a six-month jail term.
“Any person who wilfully fails to give any information or particular as required under this Act commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both,” the amended law states.
Some residents of Busia told off Matiang’i that they will drink in Uganda.
Busia alcohol-lovers tell Matiang’i: ‘Tutakunywa Uganda siku ya Census’ pic.twitter.com/kj9v31VZIp
— K24 TV (@K24Tv) August 22, 2019
Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha urged the Busia residents not to go to Uganda on the Census night but to stay and participate in the national activity. “I’d want to urge those people who are saying they will cross the border to drink alcohol in Uganda (on census night) to reconsider. Please reconsider because we want to know how many people we have” ~ CS Magoha