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Museveni, First Lady enumerated at Nakasero in National Census Exercise

Kampala, (UG):- As Uganda’s National Population and Housing Census 2024 kicked off Friday, May 10, President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady, Maama Janet Museveni spared time to answer Census questions on their household before they were counted.

The Executive Director of Uganda Bureau of Statistics who is also the National Census Commissioner, Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza oversaw the enumeration exercise this afternoon at State Lodge, Nakasero in Kampala, Uganda’s Capital.

President Museveni and the First Lady, Maama Janet were enumerated at 12:30 pm by the UBOS- Head of Department for Demography and Social Statistics, Dr. Vincent Fred Ssenono.

Speaking after the enumeration exercise, the President congratulated Dr Mukiza and his team for what he termed a ‘comprehensive exercise’, stating that the questions being asked are very comprehensive and detailed.

“I congratulate Dr. Mukiza and his team, if this is what they are doing everywhere then it is good,” Mr Museveni said. “I was happy with the questions because I could see that they are aiming at getting data that is useful for planning,” he added.

President Museveni, therefore, asked Ugandans to cooperate with the enumeration team for them to be able to capture necessary information for future planning.

“I ask people to cooperate with them. I hear there is a group of people who say they do not want to be enumerated; they should stop that because they interfere with our work. This information is used for planning and to get solutions for your problems,” he pointed out.

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The National Census Commissioner, Dr. Mukiza noted that this census will generate baseline information on persons who benefited in different government programs such as Parish Development Model (PDM) funds, Emyooga, and persons with disability funds, among others.

He added that the census for the first time will generate day population in eleven major cities, such as Kampala, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Jinja and Mbale, among others.

Dr Ssenono revealed that the exercise will help in identifying the population which is still in the subsistence economy, youth unemployment as well as persons with disabilities by type.

The 1st technologically driven census (Digital Census) aims at generating a total population of Uganda as per census night.

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The Uganda National Population and Housing Census exercise which officially kicked off today will end on May 19, 2024, after a 10-day period.

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