Drama as Over 1,000 Naivasha Census Enumerators Refuse to Take Oath

There was untold drama in Naivasha after close to 1,000 enumerators hired to conduct the upcoming census refused to take oath.

Terrified judicial officers who had arrived to carry out the exercise had to leave as senior government officers moved in to engage the just trained census officers during the midday incident at Milimani High School.

The group had vowed not to take the oath before the government paid their seven-day training allowances.

A youth, who declined to be named, said they had been promised Sh300 per day but the pledge had not reflected in their accounts.

He said they feared they could miss out on the payment, adding that the government had promised to settle it before the exercise kicks off.

“We are owed Sh2,100 each for the seven days we have been undergoing training and we shall take oath when we get the payment,” he said.

However, Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Mbogo Mathioya downplayed and attributed it to communication breakdown which has since been resolved.

“The payment is coming directly from the Treasury to the enumerators account and this is being worked on by the relevant departments,” he said.

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