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Authorities Detain Census Enumerator Following Device Theft during Preparations for National Census

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  • Authorities in Luwero District have apprehended a census enumerator after an incident where unidentified individuals allegedly broke into the enumerator’s rented residence and stole the census device provided by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) for the 2024/2025 census exercise.
  • The individual in question, a student at Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luwero and a resident of Wobulenzi Town Council, was assigned to enumerate residents of Kikube Village within the same subcounty.

Confirming the arrest, Luwero District Police Commander John Ojokuna emphasized the importance of safeguarding government property, highlighting that the tablet is a crucial tool for the census process.

Authorities in Luwero District have apprehended a census enumerator after an incident where unidentified individuals allegedly broke into the enumerator’s rented residence and stole the census device provided by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) for the 2024/2025 census exercise.

The individual in question, a student at Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luwero and a resident of Wobulenzi Town Council, was assigned to enumerate residents of Kikube Village within the same subcounty. However, the loss of the census gadget was deemed a result of negligence by Luwero LC3 Chairperson, Richard Ssimbwa.

Investigations have commenced with the aim of recovering the missing gadget. Ojokuna urged enumerators to prioritize the security of their devices, advising them to seek assistance from the nearest police stations if necessary.

Despite the incident, Luwero Resident District Commissioner Richard Bwabye Ntulume assured readiness for the census exercise, stating that sufficient reserve enumerators are available to mitigate any disruptions. District Chairperson Erasto Kibirango called for community cooperation to ensure the success of the census, emphasizing its significance for future planning.

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In preparation for the nationwide census activities, Friday has been declared a public holiday by the government to facilitate the process, which will span ten days starting tomorrow.

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