Kenya: Matiang'i Orders Complete Shut Down of Bars for Two Days During National Census

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Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi.

Entertainment spots which include bars and entertainment joints, which predominantly sell alcohol, shall be closed from 5pm on Saturday, August 24 until 6pm on Sunday, August 25 during the national census exercise.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i made the order for the two-day closure of bars on Wednesday.

"We will close all bars and entertainment joints on Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 Pm to allow census exercise. The exercise will be done at night and so no need for a public holiday," Matiang'i said.

The CS spoke at Embu Stadium during the official launch of the tenth edition of the National Water Companies Sports Organization (WASCO) games.

Kenya will conduct its sixth national census since Independence on the night August 24 that will extend up to August 31, 2019.


The purpose of the exercise is to get reliable and detailed data on the size and distribution of the population in the country, as well as the living conditions and access to basic services at a specified time.

This information helps in the process of planning, resource allocation and policy formulation for development.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has 138,572 enumerators, 22,268 content supervisors and 2,467 ICT supervisors for the survey.

The exercise will require people to open their doors for the KNBS enumerators.

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