Scattered Settlements Slow Census Exercise In Kitgum

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In short
Census enumerators combing villages in Kitgum district say the exercise is being slowed by scattered settlement patterns and lack of adults in some homesteads. In most villages outside Kitgum town, the enumerators are walking long distances before finding the next homesteads, some with only children as adults participate in garden works far away from homes.

Census enumerators combing villages in Kitgum district say the exercise is being slowed by scattered settlement patterns and lack of adults in some homesteads.
 
In most villages outside Kitgum town, the enumerators are walking long distances before finding the next homesteads, some with only children as adults participate in garden works far away from homes. Acholi sub region is characterized by scattered settlements.
 
Ceaser Opoka Acam, the Labongo Amida sub county supervisor, says the highest number of registered households by 2pm today was 11 in Lukwor East B enumeration area. He says most enumerators had only registered 8 households with an average of 6 people each.
 
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Deo Okello Latigo, the Lukwor East B Parish Supervisor, in Labongo Amida Sub County, says he has so far marked two distant homesteads for enumeration later as no adults could be found at home.
 
In Lagoro sub county where enumerators had threatened  to frustrate the exercise over training allowance, the sub county supervisor Dominic Balu told Uganda Radio Network that all enumerators had turned up for the exercise. Balu said like other sub counties, some homesteads had only children who could not answer the questionnaires.
 
In Kitgum Town Council, the exercise is slow because of large numbers of people in households. Sam Komakech, the Apollo Ground LC1 chairperson, says the exercise is so far smooth in his area.  He said they are only concerned about payments for some council officials taking part in the exercise.
 
Walter Tooroma Livingstone, the Kitgum Town Council Councillor, says besides some politicians preaching against the national census, his voters have largely embraced the exercise. He says he rallied massive enrolment in the town council for the population to be documented in support of proposals for elevation of the Town Council into a municipality.
 
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In the special enumeration Areas of Kitgum Central Police Station and Kitgum Prisons, the exercise registered the biggest success.
 
Denis Ochama, the Kitgum District Police Commander, said enumerators were busy registering Policemen and Women and that the exercise will move to various out posts on Day II on Friday.
 
At Kitgum government Prisons where four enumerators are on assignment, Patrick Epilla, the OC Prisons says deployment of staff and inmates have not affected the exercise.
 
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Epilla says they will need three days to complete the exercise in Lututuru Government Prisons and Lamwo Prison which are under the Kitgum Prisons Special enumeration Area.
 
Christopher Kilama, the Kitgum district Population Officer, says they have not recorded any major challenge to the exercise. He says by close of business, his office will be able to estimate the number of those captured so far.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.