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'Lonely' President Museveni spares time for enumeration

Thursday, 28th August 2014
L-R The first lady Ms. Janet Museveni, HE President Yoweri Museveni and the Executive Director of Uganda Bureau of Statistics Mr. Ben Paul Mungyereza during the enumeration of members of State House yesterday at Nakasero. The president urged all Ugandans

Population and Housing census kicked off this morning with President Museveni sparing 45minutes of his schedule to answer question about his household, most of whom he jokingly said have since "abandoní▒ him.

The Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Mr Ben Mungyereza, enumerated Mr Museveni and his wife, Janet at around 11:30am at Nakasero State lodge in Kampala

Speaking after enumerating the President, Mr Mungyereza said: "The atmosphere was cordial and so was the enumeration. He (the President) answered all the questions well."

When asked why the enumeration took three quarter of an hour instead of an average of half an hour, he said: "There were questions that I need to explain further, probably that explains why it took all that time."

Cracking a joke with the journalists covering his enumeration, Mr Museveni said his family is now small because he was "abandoned" by their children. Mr Musevenií»s children are all married and staying on their own.

"This is all (pointing at him and his wife Janet), we have been abandoned. If you want the children you will get them in their households," he said while smiling as he takes a swipe at journalist, saying instead of doing journalism the members of the press (journalists) are better of practicing agriculture.

Meanwhile, not all has gone according to the plan as enumeration in several part of the city started beyond the recommended time--6am.
"The exercise didn't kick off at the expected time (6am) due to delay in delivery of materials like pens, rubbers, and chalk," Mr Deusdedit Arinaitwe who is an enumerator in Muwafu Zone, Namuwonge told Daily Monitor.

He said he to start enumerating at 9am and he is now worried that he may not beat his deadline. In a day enumerators are expected to count at least 15 households.

In response, Mr Mungyereza said thus far there have been no major hitches to negatively impact the exercise.
"Being the first day, we expected some challenges but as we proceed all will be well," Mr Mungyereza said.

So far, according to the Statistics prefects, street children, patients in the hospitals, travellers and people in in the hotels have been enumerated already.
The Population and Housing census will run for 10 days till September 06.

Source: Daily Monitor