The census exercise in Kilifi south sub county has run into headwinds after over 200 Census staff downed their tools Monday afternoon over unpaid dues.
On Tuesday morning, the staff who include enumerators, content and ICT supervisors converged in Mtwapa town and vowed to stay put until they are paid.
Enumerators are demanding Sh 2,100 while content supervisors want Sh 16,000 each as training allowances which was supposed to be paid during the training period.
During the actual enumeration content ICT supervisors are entitled to transport allowance of Sh 22,000 while content supervisors get Sh 16,500.
The cash was supposed to be paid during training, prelisting and during the actual enumeration.
The push and pull over pay saw the exercise fail to kick off on Saturday in areas of Mtwapa, Kanamai and Kidutani areas.
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“We have been patient for long period of time. Yesterday they told us money was to be paid in cash but they changed the narrative in the evening saying we would be paid through bank,” said Shimo La Tewa content supervisor Sanga Mwamuyu.
Other areas affected include Mawamba, Takaungu, Kijipwa and Majengo.
While the national office is responsible for dues after work, local county statistics officer is responsible for the allowances.
Efforts to get comment from Kilifi county statistics officer Josiah Kaara were futile as several phone calls went unanswered.
Local residents interviewed by the Star said they were yet to be counted.