Lamwo Census Officials Turn To Dry Cassava For Lack Of Chalk

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Census enumerators in Lamwo district are using dry cassava to put marks on households found without adults. The officials are also lacking erasers for correcting errors made on the census forms.

Census enumerators in Lamwo district are using dry cassava to put marks on households found without adults. The officials are also lacking erasers for correcting errors made on the census forms.
 
Paul Kibwota Mulya, the Lamwo district Population Officer, says some of the required stationery materials were not adequately delivered to the district. He says erasers were never delivered to aid enumerators using the pencils.
 
An enumerator who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter told Uganda Radio Network that they were informed cartons of chalk for their usage were crushed into powder during delivery to the district. This he says created a huge shortfall in addition to lacking erasers.
 
The enumerators then asked villagers in Olebi Village in Lukung Sub County to provide them with available dry cassava or charcoal for marking their huts. Residents in Lamwo preserve Cassava for food through drying.
 
According to the census guidelines, all households not enumerated should be coded with indelible marks and numbers using pieces of chalk.
 
Benson Owali, the Agoro Sub county chairperson, says should the shortage persist, they will borrow chalk from schools on holidays to facilitate the exercise. He however downplayed the challenge as minimal in his sub county.
 
Kibwota says scattered settlements and the lack of stationery are the few challenges facing the exercise in the district so far.
 
The 2014 Population and Housing Census finally kicked off on Thursday after being postponed twice.