Residents in Kabarole district have chased away Census enumerators following a dispute between Kabarole and Ntoroko district over the ownership of Nyamisigiri parish. Since 2008, the two districts have been claiming the parish. Ntoroko claims the parish is in Nombe Sub County, while Kabarole claims itâ€™s in Kichwamba Sub County.
On Friday, 10 enumerators who had gone to the parish to count households were blocked by locals. The residents wondered why the enumerators from Ntoroko district were counting households from Kabarole. The enumerators insisted on counting the households, but the angry residents threatened to assault them and destroy their kits.
The enumerators were saved by the police who escorted them to Nyamisigiri police post. The exercise was put on halt and a meeting was convened between Steven Asiimwe, the Resident District Commissioner, and census and district officials from both districts.
Sam Mugume, the Kabarole District Census Coordinator, told Uganda Radio Network that the enumerators in charge had been registered under Kichwamba Sub County, but he is surprised how the enumerators from Ntoroko ended up counting the households in Kabarole.
According to Mugume, last month, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) demarcated Nyamisigiri as part of Kabarole. He says Ntoroko district officials were informed by UBOS.
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Bosco Baguma, the chairperson Kitooro village, says that he has told the residents not to accept to be counted by enumerators from outside Kichwamba Sub County. He says that should the enumerators insist, they will reject the data collected.
Faith Kamugasa, one of the enumerators, says that they were told by the Ntoroko census coordinator to count the residents in the said parish, but the residents turned hostile.
Since 2008, the two districts have been claiming the parish. Ntoroko claims the parish is in Nombe Sub County, while Kabarole claims it’s in Kichwamba Sub County.
Justus Musoke, the Vice Chairperson Ntoroko district blamed the Ministry of Local government for failing to address the conflict. He says that last year the Ministry wrote a letter indicating that the parish is in Nombe Sub County and months later another letter from the same ministry indicated that the area is in Kabarole.
He wants the Ministry to address the dispute to avert clashes between communities from both districts.
The 2014 Population and Housing Census started on Thursday, August 28 and will run for 10 days climaxing on the 6th of September. The exercise is held under the theme, "Counting for Planning and
Improved Service Delivery."