Hoima Census Official Sacked For Wrong Enumeration

A census official in Hoima district has been sacked for allegedly conducting wrong enumeration.

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Twenty-one year old Innocent Kyalisiima, an enumerator for Kyarwabuyamba enumeration area in Bujumbura Division, Hoima Municipality, was arrested on Sunday evening by district census officials after a complaint by a person he enumerated.

Lydia Asiimwe, the Hoima District Census Officer, says Gilbert Sande, an employee of the Ministry of Health rang her complaining that he had been wrongly enumerated.

According to Asiimwe, Sande complained that the enumerator had only asked him for a two-minute interview but spent less than a minute on him.

The complainant said Kyalisiima only asked him about his name and age and members of his family, leaving out other crucial census questions as contained in the enumeration questionnaire.

Asiimwe says indeed on reaching out to the said enumerator she found out that he had messed up the whole census questionnaire. She says Kyalisiima had done a similar mistake to 20 other households he had covered so far. The area supervisor re-enumerated the households to correct the mistakes.

The district census officer says although no legal action was taken against the culprit, he was sacked and forced to refund the 30,000 shillings facilitation allowance, received at the start of the census.

Asiimwe says a reserve enumerator has now been deployed in Kyarwabuyamba to take over the job.

According to the census guidelines, no matter the size of the household an enumerator should take a minimum of 30 minutes. Asiimwe describes the incident as unfortunate adding that she has directed for close monitoring of the enumerators to ensure that such mistakes are not repeated.

On interrogation by the district census officer Kyalisiima said he was rushing to go and rest since he wasn’t feeling well. He said he was intending to go back and enumerate the household.

According to Asiimwe this is the first major challenge to the census exercise in Hoima. The National Population and Housing Census 2014 began on August 28.The exercise ends September 6.

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