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Census Night: UBOS to Mount Roadblocks on Highways

Chris Mukiza, the UBOS Executive Director said that with the support of security agencies, roadblocks will be established on highways from midnight for mandatorily counting of people in transit.
09 May 2024 16:05
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Roadblocks will be staged on highways where individuals in transit will be counted.   The 2024 National Housing and Population Census is set to kick off after midnight.

Chris Mukiza, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS Executive Director said that with the support of security agencies, roadblocks will be established on highways from midnight for mandatorily counting of people in transit.

According to Mukiza, the roadblocks shall be mounted on major roads across the country, targeting the “floating population” such as street children, bus and truck drivers, and passengers.  He added that those who will be counted while in transit will be issued with a card to eliminate the possibility of double-counting.

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Mukiza warned that the law empowers the UBOS Executive Director to sue any person who gives wrong information or prevents others from giving the right information. “Though the law gives us the mandate to do so, we shall not activate this section. We will mainly appeal to the Ugandans to do it willingly, but it will be relevant where some cults are prohibiting others from offering the required information,” he said.

Addressing journalists about the government’s readiness for the exercise, Amos Lugoloobi, the State Minister in charge of Planning, noted that the census is mainly looking for answers to five key questions. These include the country's population, where people reside, what they own, and the size of the household. 

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According to Lugoloobi, the head of the household will be the main respondent to the questions, and in case they are absent, they will be contacted by phone call, if the most knowledgeable person found at home fails to satisfactorily answer the questions. 

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