- Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki and his family will be the first on the enumeration pages as the country kick-start its fifth National Census today.
The state broadcaster reported that President Kibaki and his family will be first to be counted at 6pm at State House, Nairobi, in an exercise that will continue across the country.
Minister of Planning, Wycliffe Oparanya told the media that all systems were in place to ensure the success of the counting which is scheduled to run until the end of August, urging all Kenyans to cooperate and give the correct and all necessary information to the census officials.
"The exercise is critical because it would expose the real scope of unemployment, poverty and education levels, health standards and life expectancy," said Mr Oparanya.
The census is Kenya’s first national census in a decade with political observers saying the question of ethnicity and tribal roots could crop up once again during the census. The last census in 1999 put the country's population at 28.7 million.
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