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UBOS Rolls Out Mapping Exercise in Karamoja

A team from UBOS has been deployed across all nine districts of Karamoja to capture the details of administrative units, household heads, physical features, and institutions such as health facilities, schools, and churches among others.
Ateam from UBOS during an engagement with the district leadership of Nakapiripirit

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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics is undertaking census mapping in the Karamoja sub-region as part of the preparations for the 2024 National Population Census.

The census which is conducted once every ten years was slated for August 2023, but due to financial constraints, it was pushed to May 10th, 2024.

A team from UBOS has been deployed across all nine districts of Karamoja to capture the details of administrative units, household heads, physical features, and institutions such as health facilities, schools, and churches among others.

Didacus Okoth, the Senior Public Relations Officer at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics said that they are undertaking the mapping exercise to update the boundary demarcations, households, and social facilities for purposes of establishing enumeration areas for the conducting of the forthcoming National Population and Housing Census.

He said the mapping is also aimed at making work easier and ensuring that the census enumeration is completed within the set period of 10 days.

He added that the Bureau is working with the district local government while implementing the mapping and listing exercise and to establish the number of enumerators and supervisors required to undertake the census.

Okoth said that the Bureau has generated more questionnaires that will cater to every group of people including the minority communities, institutions, and the floating population during the census.

Okoth revealed that they will undertake the digital census in order to get timely results and the process involves the use of electronic devices such as tablets during data collection.

He said the digital process will also include the use of interactive satellite maps to generate enumeration area maps during the training of trainers and enumerators recruited in each district.

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However, the local authorities in the districts of Amudat and Nakapiripirit cited unregulated migration of people, poor internet connectivity, and poor road network among others as the major hindrances to the exercise. They said that UBOS should consider setting up mechanisms that will enable them to come up with the actual statistics despite the challenges.

Joseph Lobot, the LCV Chairperson of Amudat noted that there should be a special approach to be used to capture pastoralists who are migrating to different places in search of water and pastures for their livestock.

Lobot noted that such movements have always frustrated their efforts to ascertain the actual data on the population of people in Amudat district.'

Lobot said they want enumerators to be recruited from within the area so that they are able to spend the night from to kraal and ensure that all the data for pastoralists are captured.

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Geoffrey Akol, the Amudat Deputy Resident District Commissioner noted that they are always frustrated by the influx of Pokot communities from the neighboring Kenya who come over to the district to access social services.

Akol urged the UBOS to consider the population from the neighboring Pokot community in Kenya so that it helps the government plan for enough resources.

He also noted that there is a need to center the census at the Parishes because of the distant sub-county headquarters which may block other people.

Akol observed the challenges of poor road network and internet connectivity that may hinder the work of enumerators.

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John Nangiro, the LCV Chairperson of Nakapiripirit noted there is a need to use the Global Positioning System-GPS to establish the boundaries due to unregulated migrations from the neighboring districts.

Nangiro said that the Ministry of Lands and Local Government should consider opening up the boundaries before the numeration day so that they are able to determine the actual population per district.

He noted that currently, they are hosting a number of Pokot communities from Amudat who do not want to be counted under the district and yet are congesting service delivery.

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Currently, the country is still relying on the 2014 National Population Census which put Uganda’s statistics at an estimate of 36 million.