The 2012 Census takes place 101 years since the first ever national census for Uganda was conducted by the British. Then, Ugandaâ€™s population was estimated at 2.5 million and today Ugandaâ€™s population is projected at 33 million. In the last census in 2002, Ugandaâ€™s population was estimated at 24.4 million.
Francis Mashate, the National Census Officer, made the pronouncement to journalists on Wednesday in Kampala, saying that the process to Uganda’s 5th census since Independence in 1962 is now on.
Mashate said the exact date will be agreed upon and announced after consultations with the finance ministry as well as the cabinet which should gazette it as a public holiday. He said tentatively they expect the census night to fall in the middle of August.
The population and housing census provides a total count of all persons and households in the country at a given time, giving detailed picture of the population and its characteristics.
Mashate said the whole census process requires 138 billion shillings over a five-year period ending 2013-14. He said this financial year they needed 53 billion shillings and only 26 billion shillings has so far been paid, leaving a deficit of 27 billion shillings, four months to the end of the financial year.
Mashate said technical preparations for the 2012 Census have been ongoing for three years and now they need more money to procure equipment and supplies as well as pay the supervisors and enumerators.
He said the census workforce, estimated to be 80,000 right from the national to parish level, would need 76 billion shillings.
For the first time, revealed Mashate, the Global Positioning System has been used to map out the country in order to get realistic samples.
Mashate said the 2012 Census, whose theme is “Counting for Planning and Improved Service Delivery”, would help the government to identify where service gaps are and formulate policies for equitable service delivery.
Godfrey Nyabongo, the Communication and Public Relations Manager of Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the body organizing the census, told Uganda Radio Network that the preliminary results that would approximate the total population is expected two months after the census night.
Nyabongo said more results will be released in phases with the final one expected in two year’s time after conducting the census.
The 2012 Census takes place 101 years since the first ever national census for Uganda was conducted by the British. Then, Uganda’s population was estimated at 2.5 million and today Uganda’s population is projected at 33 million. In the last census in 2002, Uganda’s population was estimated at 24.4 million.
Mashate dispelled fears that the census results could be politically cooked to favour certain regions, stressing that UBOS will insist on a scientific count in line with international standards.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Census process for Central Region will be rolled out in Kampala tomorrow by the Vice President Edward Sekandi.