Census sideshows: Two people arrested in Kitui for refusing to be counted

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The 2019 national census entered the four night on Tuesday , with incidents recorded in some parts of the country.

In Kitui , the exercise was disrupted when two people refused to be counted in the ongoing census; claims they belong to genealogy of Jesus and are counted in the bible.

Police  in the area arrested two locals for allegedly refusal to cooperate with census officials conducting the ongoing national census.

The two were among three locals who told census officials that they did not wish to participate in the exercise since, “we’ve been counted in the Bible.”

It is not clear what charges the two who were arrested would face.

Missing out on the census could land a person in jail for one year, pay a fine of Sh500,000, or suffer both penalties.

According to the Statistics (Amendment) Act, 2019, that was signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, any person who hinders or obstructs KNBS officers from carrying out the census commits an offence and face a Sh500,000 fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.

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The law also states that failing to answer the enumerators’ questions or giving them false information will also attract a similar 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 Sh500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both,” the Act states.

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