SPEECH BY H.E. PRESIDENT UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA, C.G.H, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF DEFENCE FORCES DURING THE RELEASE OF THE 2019 KENYA POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS RESULTS AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI
You recall that on the 16th of August 2019, the Government launched the countdown to the 2019 Population and Housing Census. I am delighted to note that this national exercise was successfully implemented.
My Government, through the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, committed itself to release census results within three months from conclusion of enumeration exercise. This promise has been fulfilled. Indeed, this is another milestone for our country, in that we are the first in Africa to release Census results in about two months.
I unreservedly thank Kenyans and all those who were within the borders of our country on the night of 24/25th August 2019 and fully participated in the exercise. During the enumeration we had different roles to play but the ultimate goal was to succeed as a country, which was fully realized. Thank you, Kenyans, for once again demonstrating patriotism in exercising your civic responsibility.
I recognise and appreciate the patriotic sacrifice by the young men and women together with the village elders who worked as census officials visiting every home in their assigned jurisdictions and staying late into the night to ensure complete coverage of the exercise. To you all, I say thank you.
I am also grateful to the security personnel who ensured peace prevailed during the census exercise. You lived to your true calling by providing the necessary security, not only to the census officials, but also to all members of the public.
I am happy to note that this is the first Census to be conducted under the 2010 Constitution and was by and large fully funded by my Government. This year’s Census was a first of its kind in Kenya, in that for the first time ever, we fully embraced the use of technology in the census processes.
I am proud to note that the mobile devices used in the census were assembled by our local universities and data capture software was internally developed by the Bureau. The exercise provided temporary employment opportunities particularly to our youth.
The Census is an important exercise that facilitates evidence-based planning and decision making across all spheres of development.
The numbers released today, that indicate our population is 47.6 million, will go a long way in guiding the successful planning and implementation of Government development initiatives, including the Big Four Agenda, for the benefit of all Kenyans. I expect the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to release the other census volumes as scheduled.
These results now provide us with a unique opportunity to realign our development strategies, policies and programmes. I therefore direct all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to utilise these results. I urge other arms of Government, counties, stakeholders and development partners to make use of the results in their planning processes.
I thank and commend the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics for a job well done.
With these few remarks, I take this opportunity to now officially launch the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume 1 Report on Population by County and Sub-County.
To the 47.6 million people, God Bless you. God Bless Kenya!