President Museveni Urges Ugandans Not to Block National Planning by Refusing to Be Counted

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has issued a warning to those Ugandans who are planning to refuse to be enumerated, saying that they will interfere with national planning.

Speaking from his residence at State Lodge Nakasero on Friday, May 10, 2024, after being enumerated in the National Census exercise, President Museveni urged all Ugandans to fully cooperate, as that information will be crucial for planning purposes.

“I hear there are some groups that don’t want to be enumerated; stop that because you are interfering with our work. This information will be used for planning to get solutions to your problems, social, economic, and medical,” President Museveni said.

The president, who was enumerated together with the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni by the Executive Director of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), Dr. Chris Mukiza, and his team, thanked them for being thorough in covering various areas, including health.

“They were even asking medical questions about hearing—very many issues, so I thank the team. Thank you so much. I am pleased with the questions because they collect personal data and cover various other areas that indicate our economy, growth, and needs,” the President noted.

President Museveni further urged the UBOS enumerators to also find out about Ugandans who have shares in companies.

“Now the other issue I have raised is the issue of finding out Ugandans who have shares in companies; otherwise, the whole thing is very comprehensive,” Museveni stated.

Dr. Mukiza, who was giving a report about the enumeration exercise, noted that the president was very cooperative and gave all answers to issues put before him.

The 10-day enumeration exercise started yesterday, May 10, 2024, and is said to end on May 19, 2024. This warning comes amidst resistance from some groups, such as the Enjiri Cult group, who have vowed not to participate in the census due to misconceptions and religious beliefs, which the authorities have dismissed as unfounded.

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