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Kenya census results on intersex persons and implications

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results has revealed that there are 1,524 intersex persons in the country. The census was conducted in August 2019 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and themed “Counting Our People for Sustainable Development and Devolution of Services.” Though the standard practice of population dada collection was followed in this year’s exercise, the country’s bold decision to include intersex as a gender category stood out, as the East African nation became the first in Africa to recognize intersex during a population count. While…

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Kenya: National census begins with minor challenges

Kenya’s national census exercise started on Saturday with local media reporting of some minor challenges. Those challenges related to technology hiccups and apathy from some citizens. Daily Nation reported that Data transmission hitches and delays in supply of vital tools to enumerators were reported in parts of the country. These challenges have badly affected the efficiency of the process, according to officials. This is the sixth national census in independent Kenya. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked “all Kenyans to come out and be counted. Let’s fulfil what’s required of…

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Kenya to close entertainment venues for census exercise

Kenyan officials have announced that all entertainment venues including bars will be closed nationwide for a census exercise scheduled for August 24-25. The decision was announced by the country’s interior ministry as it hopes it will help get the participation of many Kenyans. Originally the plan was to shut such entertainment venues in just one county, Machakos but now it covers all 47 counties. The Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said on Thursday that the all bars must shut at 17:00 local time on Saturday and Sunday. He said this should…

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DR Congo unrest: Catholic church backs protests

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thrown its weight behind protests against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. It called on people to peacefully oppose his move to delay presidential elections until a census is held. At least 11 people have so far been been killed in the protests. It is the worst unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, since the riots which broke out after Mr Kabila won a second term in disputed elections in 2011. Mr Kabila, who first took power in 2001 following the…

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