Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has urged the Somali community living in North Eastern region to take the upcoming national census seriously.

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Duale notes that the census exercise is important and should not be taken lightly.

According to the Garissa Town lawmaker, it is basing on census report that the national government will base its resource allocation to devolved units.

“Urged the Somali community to take the coming census seriously as a national exercise conducted every 10 years so that policy makers and independent Government institutions can decide on resource allocation as well as boundary delimitation,” he tweeted on Sunday.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has assured Kenyan that preparations for the 2019 census are on schedule.

According o KNBS, the exercise will he conducted on the night of August 24.

Last week, KNBS Director General Zachary Mwangi said the census exercise will be conducted electronically as per the global statistical standards. 

He said that about 170,000 enumerators and supervisors have been recruited to conduct the exercise.

This comes as a section of politicians are calling on Kenyans to travel to their rural homes for the census exercise.

The leaders who have their eyes set on various seats in the coming 2022 polls are worried that the census could affect their political strategies, resource allocation and also boundary review.