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Kenyatta to support census in S. Sudan

By John Agok

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has promised to provide technical support during the census process in South Sudan by sharing the level of expertise in the Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

President Kenyatta said this statement during the donation of 45,000 census gadgets to South Sudan and four other African countries for carrying out national census.

The 45,000 Kenyan-made gadgets will be distributed among South Sudan, Botswana, Mauritius, Sierra Leone and Namibia to help them undertake their census.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the event on Friday.

Speaking to Juba Monitor the spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Akim M.  Gombi confirmed it and applauded the effort made by the Kenyan President. 

According to State House in Nairobi during the handing over of the donated gadgets, Uhuru said Kenya is ready to share its expertise in ICTs with other African countries in the spirit of African solidarity and fraternity.

“Under the auspices of the South-South cooperation, which is the technical cooperation among developing countries in the global south, my Administration is ready to support other African countries to enable them to undertake their census,” Kenyatta said.

“Through this initiative, we have decided to donate 45,000 census gadgets to five countries notably Botswana, South Sudan, Mauritius, Sierra Leone and Namibia,” he added.

Kenya successfully undertook its first-ever digital national population and housing census in 2019 powered by locally assembled ICT equipment and software, including tablets, servers and accessories.

The Kenyan President says his country is now in a position to share the technology with sister African nations.

Meanwhile, South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya,CholAjongo said that  the donations would help the east African country prepare for its first-ever national census.

“The donation makes a lot of difference as a South Sudanese,” Ambassador Chol Ajongo who spoke on behalf of the other African countries said.

Since independence in 2011, South Sudan relies on population estimates to plan for its citizens as there has been no national census conducted.

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