The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Embu Politicians Warned Against Giving Misleading Information

Politicians in Embu have been accused of making policy pronouncements that have no official statistical backing. "We are disappointed that politicians have been making erroneous announcements on social, economic, political and other matters without verifying them with us," said the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in Embu.

Embu statistics officer Robert Nzuli at the same time expressed concern that development in various sectors in the region are stalling owing to failure by the managers to seek advice from the bureau.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the African Statistic Day in Embu town at the weekend, Nzuli said: "I have never seen any local politician in my office seeking for statistics on any issue concerning his or her constituency or the people."

In spite of this fact you find politicians standing on the podium saying it's this or that way, there is this number or amount of this or that while it is completely untrue," said Nzuli.

The Statistic boss said that statistical information on various issues is quite important since it guides the users on their planned activities and thus they gain from them.

He said it's very important for everybody wishing to carry out any kind of development, be it social, political, economical or anything else to liaise with his office for assistance since they sustain a data bank for almost all the issues.

Nzuli said his bureau is mandated by the Statistic act of 2006 to collect, analyse, disseminate, and maintain a databank of social, economic information through linking up with other government departments and other organisations.

Speaking during the function Embu West DC lamented that statistics show that the number of boys in the local schools is reducing highly owing to child labour and other factors.

He regretted that a lot of emphasis has been put on the development of the girl child in the area ignoring the boy child who gets forgotten in miraa farms.

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