State House has now backtracked on the earlier announced August 26 public holiday
A statement from the Presidential Communication Strategic Unit (PSCU) said President Uhuru Kenyatta did not announce August 26, 2019 as a public holiday and termed the announcement as erroneous.
“We regret the error and wish to say that as much as the Kenya 2019 Population and Housing Census is important to the country, August 26 which will be on a Monday will not be a public holiday,” PSCU said in a statement.
The earlier dispatch had announced that the Government has designated August 26 as a public holiday to allow maximum enumeration of Kenyans during the national population census that begins next Saturday.
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The statement said the announcement was made Friday by the President at the Kenyatta National Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi when he launched the countdown to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census.
The Head of State assured Kenyans of their security during the census exercise saying necessary steps have been taken to ensure the activity takes place in a safe environment and with minimal disruption.
“All enumerators will be accompanied by uniformed security officers, and may also be accompanied by community elders and leaders of residents’ associations, depending on the area,” he said.
To ensure that all Kenyans participate in the census, the President said special measures have been put in place to ensure pastoralists, staff in essential and emergency service sectors and persons who support international travel and airlines are enumerated.