Hote­liers ‘un­will­ing’ to give data to KNBS

Ad­min­is­tra­tor says out of 28 tourist ho­tels, only 17 co­op­er­ated with of­fi­cials

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - AL­LOYS MUSYOKA @k2­musyoka

The gov­ern­ment has ac­cused some hote­liers at the South Coast of with­hold­ing data from the Kenya Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

Kwale first as­sis­tant county com­mis­sioner Ken­neth Gi­tonga on Fri­day said out of 28 tourist ho­tels, only 17 co­op­er­ated with KNBS of­fi­cials.

He said KNBS of­fi­cials had dif­fi­cul­ties ac­cess­ing some of the ho­tels to col­lect data. Gi­tonga spoke in Baraza Park, Kwale, dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions to mark African Sta­tis­tics Day.

He said it is un­for­tu­nate for pop­u­lar tourist ho­tels to with­hold data needed for plan­ning.

“We urge such ho­tels to co­op­er­ate be­cause noth­ing will be re­vealed to the pub­lic about their busi­ness se­crets,” Gi­tonga said. “In­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions should co­op­er­ate when ap­proached by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.”

The ho­tels are ex­pected to pro­vide data on their op­er­a­tions and bed oc­cu­pancy, but some ap­par­ently felt in­for­ma­tion about their busi­nesses may be made pub­lic.

The Sta­tis­tics Act states the bureau can­not pub­lish or re­lease any sta­tis­tics that could dis­close in­for­ma­tion about an iden­ti­fi­able busi­ness with­out its writ­ten con­sent.

Gi­tonga said some res­i­dents refuse to co­op­er­ate with the of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially those with chil­dren liv­ing with dis­abil­ity.

“List­ing of chil­dren liv­ing with dis­abil­ity is frus­trated by some par­ents who hide them,” he said. Gi­tonga said sta­tis­tics is very im­por­tant in plan­ning for so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment. County Sta­tis­tics Of­fi­cer Alex Munga urged res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate.

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