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Cabinet Approves New Date for Uganda’s 2024 Census

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In a recent decision, the Cabinet has given its approval for the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to conduct the national population and housing census, which has been rescheduled for May 10, 2024. This decision comes after UBOS had previously postponed the census due to equipment procurement delays.

Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, revealed that the government has resolved the logistical issues that led to the delay. This development led the Cabinet to grant UBOS the green light to reschedule the census.

Uganda conducts a population census every ten years, and to ensure a smooth process, the government has declared May 10, 2024, as a public holiday, to be officially announced before the 10-day enumeration exercise.

The 2024 census will mark the first time Uganda conducts a digital census, using smart devices for precise data collection, analysis, and dissemination. This milestone coincides with Uganda’s independence from British colonial rule in 1962.

Census data plays a crucial role in understanding population demographics, household composition, and size. This information is vital for planning and decision-making aimed at social and economic transformation.

Dr. Chris Mukiza, the Executive Director of UBOS, stated that over 110,000 enumerators will be deployed across 135 districts in Uganda. Additionally, 10,900 parish supervisors will be recruited to support the work of IT experts.

Uganda last conducted a national housing census in 2014, estimating the country’s population at 45 million. Uganda will become the fourth East African Community (EAC) member, following Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, to collect census data digitally.

This digital census will be Uganda’s sixth population census since gaining independence, with the government allocating 339.6 billion Shillings for its implementation. Approximately 10 percent of this budget, around 34 billion Shillings, will be financed by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA).