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We’re Ready for the Aug 2019 Census – KNBS Says

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164,700 youth has been recruited to participate in the oncoming census exercise, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) announced on Monday.

Director General Zachary Mwangi, while making the announcement, said out of these, 2,700 will be ICT supervisors, 27,000 content supervisors and 135,000 enumerators for the population census to be conducted between August 24 and 25 at a cost of Sh18.5 billion..

The state agency also said that training of the recruited supervisors and enumerators will begin on July 15. The ICT supervisors will train the content supervisors who will in turn train the enumerators for the digital census.

The census will cover a wide data set including demographics, disability, education, labour force, ICT, Agriculture, housing conditions and amenities as well as household assets.

The census data entry will be done through mobile electronic devices assembled at Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

“This was informed by the fact that these two universities did participate in the digital literacy programme for the assembly of the tablets for primary schools. This has led to creation of many jobs for the youth in the assembly and programming of these devices,” said Mr. Mwangi during the media briefing at KICC on Monday morning.

Through use of technology, transmission of data collected to the servers will be real time, a move expected to significantly reduce the time taken to release the census results.

The captured data will be key for planning, policy formulation and decision making.

The census is held every 10 years and 2009 marked the 5th census in post-independence Kenya. This will be the first time Kenya will have its first digital census.

“The census is more than a population count: it provides all levels of government, business, industry, media, academia and independent organisations with social, economic and demographic information that is essential for making decisions regarding the many services each provides to the public,” Mwangi said.

During the exercise, agents will be issued with tablets that will have an application to help collect the data. The enumeration clerks will be required to feed data into the gadgets before it is transmitted to a central database.

The organisation has so far conducted a cartographic mapping across the country in preparation for the census.

“The cartographic involves delineating the country into Enumeration areas,” KNBS said in a statement.

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551,000 Litres Of Oil Spilt In Kiboko Has Been Recovered, KPC Says

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Kenya Pipeline Company has recovered 551,000 litres of oil from the Kiboko oil spill that occurred on March 30, the company’s acting Managing Director, Hudson Andabi has said.

On the morning of March 30 2019, a section of the 450km Mombasa-Nairobi Pipeline leaked at Kiboko springs in Makueni County, a critical water source. The result of the leakage has since been established as damage to the pipe coating caused by impact, leading to accelerated corrosion activity. The total area that was affected by the spill is 400 meters by 350 meters.

The pipeline resumed its normal operations 15 hours later on March 31st after repairs were done.

Although the company is still on the recovery process for the oil that got spilt during the puncture, Andambi says the company developed a strategy that has so far helped the organization recover some of this oil.

“The products went into the ground and we dug pits, excavated trenches and pumped to lift those products from the ground and transported through the terminal from Kiboko,” said Adambi.

“The process is still going on we will give final figures once the reconciliation process is done as we bring in the final products,” KPC boss added.

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Kenya’s Inflation Drops To 3.83% As Economic Growth Slows To 5.6% In Q2 2019

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Kenya’s overall year-on-year inflation fell to 3.83% in September, from 5.0% in August, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has disclosed.

However, the country’s economy grew by 5.6% in the second quarter of this year, down from expanding 6.4% in the same period a year earlier, the statistics office said on Monday.

In a report emailed from Nairobi on Monday, the national statistics body noted that while a number of sectors posted impressive performances, the overall growth was curtailed mostly by a slowdown in activities of agriculture, manufacturing and transportation.

“Agriculture’s performance, as well as that of electricity and water supply, was mostly hampered by a delay in the onset of the long rains. The transportation industry was negatively impacted on by rise in prices of fuel,”

“On the other hand, accommodation and food services; information and communication; wholesale and retail trade; and construction industries maintained high growths and thereby supported the overall gross domestic product (GDP) growth,” the KNBS said.

According to the statistics bureau, between August and September 2019, food and non-alcoholic drinks index decreased by 0.40 percent due to a drop-in price of some foodstuffs outweighing increases recorded in others.

  “The ‘year on year’ food inflation dropped from 7.13 percent in August 2019 to 6.31 per cent in September 2019,” it said.

In September 2019, prices of carrots, cabbages and tomatoes decreased by 9.80, 6.32 and 4.14 percent, respectively.

The price of sugar registered a 24 per cent drop with a kilogram retailing at Sh106 last month from Sh140 last year. Irish potatoes, kales and onions similarly recorded significant drops in prices with a kilogram of each going down by 15, 18 and eight per cent respectively compared to retail prices recorded over a similar period last year. The Standard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

  Zachary Mwangi, KNBS director general observed that the agricultural sector is estimated to have grown by 4.1 percent compared to 6.5 percent in a similar period last year.

“The slowed growth was mainly attributed to delayed long rains that somewhat curtailed agricultural production. However, performance of the sector was supported by a 17.6 percent increase in the volume of cut flowers from 35,800 metric tons in the second quarter of 2018 to 42,100 metric tons in the review period,” Mwangi said.

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Kenya Defence Forces Set To Receive 6 US-Made Choppers

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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is set to received 6 military choppers from the United States of America by December 2019.

The planes are part of the $253 million arms deal that the Kenyan government signed with USA in May 2017 where the latter was to supply 12 choppers and other arms to help boost military operations. The deal also got the United States Congress approval and the choppers were expected to be delivered to Kenya between April and August 2019. There is no information given as the cause of the delay.

“We are pleased MD Helicopters was selected to provide mentorship, maintenance expertise, and Pilot and Maintainer training to the Kenya Defence Forces,” said Lynn Tilton, MD Helicopters, Inc. Chief Executive Officer. “As the aircraft OEM, no one is better suited to provide the full spectrum of aftermarket operations, training, and support services to our customers.”

In a statement seen by Inversk from MD Helicopters, Inc, the shipment of the 6-aircraft MD 530F Cayuse Warrior fleet will include a U.S. Army-issued AWR.

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The MD 530F helicopters will replace the MD 500 platforms that are flown by the 50th Air Cavalry Battalion of the Kenya Airforce. The new aircraft will constitute the core of the reconnaissance equipment supporting ground forces.

Powered by the Rolls-Royce 250-C30 650shp turbine engine, MD Helicopters also announced that these aircraft will feature an advanced, all-digital glass cockpit, ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, Harris RF-7850A tactical radio, Rockwell Collins HF-9000D, and the full complement of mission equipment that is standard to the Cayuse Warrior.

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