Unfinished Business in Kabale As Census is Concluded

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John Bosco Katwire, a resident of Bugongi ward in northern Division claim that when the census kicked he started leaving his wife at home to wait for the enumerators to show up in vain.

Despite the completion of the national population and housing census exercise, members of some households in Kabale municipality say they were not enumerated. The national population census started on August 28th and ended on 7th September, after Uganda Bureau of Statistics extended the exercise for one more day.
 
Most of the affected households are found in Central Division with a few cases in Northern and southern divisions. Sheila Kyatuhaire, a resident of Central Ward in central Division says her household was left out of the exercise. She wonders whether they were left out by accident or deliberately. Johnbosco Katwire, a resident of Bugongi ward in northern Division claim that when the census kicked he started leaving his wife at home to wait for the enumerators to show up in vain.

According to Katwire, they were hoping that the enumerators would show up on the extra day but none came up. Jennifer Ssibo Rukundo, the Kabale District Census Publicity Officer acknowledges the fact that several households were not enumerate by the time the exercise came to the close. She attributes this to unfavorable whether and the fact that most of the municipal residents are working class, which made it difficult for the enumerators to cover all households.
 
She however says the response from other areas was very encouraging as respondents answered questions openly.
 
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She says the district leadership has compiled a report on the households that missed out, which will be forwarded to UBOS for appropriate action.
 
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According to UBOS every enumerator was expected to handle an average of 105 households.  Being densely populated some of the areas in Kabale had more than 500 households making it hard for a single enumerator to cover the areas as planned.
 

 

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