Reprieve as court allows public servants to conduct census

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It was a sigh of relief for the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) after it secured a stay order against a court ruling that barred public servants from conducting the census exercise.
An Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi ordered KNBS to remove the names of public servants who had been recruited as supervisors and enumerators throwing the government into confusion with few days left before census kickoff.
The order followed a petition that was filed by five residents from Homa Bay County to stop KNBS from carrying out the census exercise in the county.
The petitioners wanted the civil servants removed saying there was no public participation ahead of the census exercise.
They also accused KNBS of failing to adhere to the principles of recruitment by hiring people who had not applied for the various positions and who were serving as public servants.
The census exercise is expected to kick off from August 24 and 25, 2019.

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