Jomo Kenyatta and Moi Universities will be used to assemble gadgets to be used to conduct the 2019 census.
According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) boss Zachary Mwangi, the 2019 census will paperless as the government tries to use technology to obtain the figures.
Jomo Kenyatta and Moi Universities have been chosen because they participated in the digital literacy programme for the assembly of primary school tablets.
The exercise created employment for the youth in the assembly and digital programming of the devices in the country.
Speaking at KICC, Zachary Mwangi the Director General at KEBS said the 2019 census will cost the government Ksh 18.5 billion.
Time taken to release the data will be reduced as data collected will be of real time unlike previous census exercises.
The KEBS Director-General further confirmed that the programme to be used in data collection has already been tested and is ready to take off.
Also completed is the mapping of the whole country into smaller areas called enumeration areas.
A total of 174,700 people will be employed to conduct the exercise which is set to take place between August 24 and August 25th this year.
Training exercises of 12,700 ICT supervisors, 135,000 enumerators, and 27,000 content supervisors is expected to kick off between June 15 and August 21st
Wide areas such as household assets, demographics, education, disability, housing condition, agriculture, labour force, and ICT will be covered in the 2019 census
The country has so far done seven censuses in the past with last one being in 2009. Although it is a 10 years exercise, the first census was done in 1948 followed by 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.
“Kenya has conducted seven censuses in the past. The first national census was conducted in 1948, followed by 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009”. – KNBS Director-General Mr. Zachary Mwangi.