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Seven arrested blocking census count terming it satanic

Seven people were on Wednesday night arrested for refusing to share Census information terming the process satanic.

The seven members have been identified to be from Kabonokia sect who not only termed the process satanic but they will be counted in heaven.

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This is not the first time the sect has made headlines as they have previously been vocal against matters health.

In 2018, Kabonokia sect blocked health officials from administering polio vaccine to their children before they were arrested.

Now that they have been arrested, it is not clear what charges they are facing.

The government had previously made it clear that anyone who will obstruct census officials will face a fine of Ksh 500,000.

On Tuesday two chiefs from Wajir County were arrested for the offense of inflating census figures.

Also read: Two Wajir chiefs arrested for inflating census figures

Detectives on the ground said the administrators allowed the enumerators to conduct a double count of people in the area.

In 2009, census results from the area were doubted to have been inflated forcing the courts to make a decision on the matter.

The courts, however, approved the figures casting doubt on the number of Kenyans counted during the national activity.

Politics have also contributed to the authenticity of the figures as various leaders depend on the results to get a fair share of the revenue from the national government.

Also read: Census 2019: Mutua orders closure of bars in Machakos

In a separate event, a female enumerator was gang-raped in Maseno area on Saturday night.

Two suspects have already been arrested and arraigned in court on Monday.

In Homabay County, a census official was bitten by a dog on Saturday night as he made entry into a house at night.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kisumu County where he was receiving treatment and anti-rabies vaccines.

Unfortunately, he was replaced and another official put in his place to continue with the exercise.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.


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