Kenya: Census Enumerators Protest in Eldoret Over Delayed Pay

22 October 2019

Nairobi — Nearly two months after the national census exercise was carried out, a section of enumerators are yet to receive a penny from the Government for services rendered.

Some of them from Uasin Gishu county held protests in Eldoret on Tuesday, accusing the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) of failing to honour their pledge on prompt pay.

At the start of the enumeration exercise on August 24, the Government assured that all the cash had been processed, for the project that cost Sh18.5 billion.

"Where is our money? We are here to have a peaceful protest and demand for our right," Malika Chepkoech, a university student said on Tuesday, "We have been patient enough."

Most of those affected are students who were hired to undertake the exercise whose results are yet to be released.

"I was leading a group of 7 enumerators and here I am without a single coin," Joseph Biwott, who was a content supervisor said. He is a graduate of Actuarial Science with first-class honours.

"I don't have money to go for interviews," Biwott said.

Some 165,000 people were contracted for the exercise.

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