22,August 2019 |By Jm Musoma
A civil society movement “The Makueni I Want” has called on local traders to defy a County Government directive to close entertainment joints during census citing insubordination.
According to the Chairman J.M Musoma, Governor Kibwana’s order to have all bars closed for two days from 6am Saturday to 5pm on Sunday has been over ridden by the gazattement of National Governments directive. On Wednesday morning Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi said the closure is from Saturday 6pm to Sunday 5am. The move was to ensure a more comprehensive and accurate census exercise over the weekend.
“It should be taken to account that this bars and restaurants are registered and tax compliant private investments hence should not be subjected to a double jeopardy” Musoma told the Press. He urgued that the proprietors just like any other residents have an obligation to disobey any unjust policy.
He challenged the County to employ economics of scale terming the move as penative and without rationale as no enumerators are entitled conduct census in day time. “Think of food staffs and perishables which can’t stay for two days, against suppliers who can’t take an excuse for their dues. Why should some employers close shop in day while players in other lines of business including government are on normal duty?” he posed. The agitated Political Activist declared a civil disregard of this directive and called for a review of the same by Makueni leadership and other Counties.
He warned leaders especially governors who want their population counted in upcountry to increase by revenue allocation not to politicize the census exercise but instead consider a more persuasive approach.