TERROR AT NIGHT

Mombasa residents’ fear of theft during census is justified

Thieves may take advantage of the exercise and knock on doors knowing residents will open

In Summary

• Exercise should start as early as 5pm and not go past midnight.

• Employers should release staff at least an hour earlier so they make it home for census before dark. 

Tower of Faith Church in Mwembeleza Bamburi, where a heavily armed gang attacked worshippers
INSECURITY: Tower of Faith Church in Mwembeleza Bamburi, where a heavily armed gang attacked worshippers
Image: ELKANA JACOB

Some Mombasa county residents have fears concerning the upcoming census. Their pertinent questions are valid; why is the census being done at night? If the census officials knock at their door at 2am, should they open the door?

Why should census officials not count residents in the daytime? Because of the recent insecurity, residents expressed fear that rogue people will take advantage of the census night to rob them.

Let census officials start counting people as early as 5pm. Employers could also release their employees at least one hour earlier.