We will not pay enumerators for extra days – Ubos

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) has said it will not pay extra money to enumerators for the six-day extension of the National Census.

Ubos Deputy CEO Godfrey Nabongo made this revelation on May 20 while addressing journalists in Kampala.

Ubos announced on May 19 that it had expanded the census exercise to allow enumerators facing login issues to complete the exercise.

“The enumerator’s contract established the number of days they had to do the work and finish it. But now we are telling them to complete what they couldn’t complete in the 10 days. We don’t pay days, we pay money for a job that must be done and completed within 10 days. So if you have not completed the work within 10 days, we tell you to take the opportunity of the extra days to complete the work, so it is not like we are going to pay you more money,” Mr Nabongo said.

Nabongo urged all local governments to utilize these additional days to complete the census exercise.

The enumerators received a daily allowance of 50,000 shillings, bringing the total to 500,000 shillings for 10 days.

The pollsters speak
Mrs Mercy Namyalo, a pollster from Kawempe division, Kampala, said: “The problems that caused delays in the census exercise were not our fault, so Ubos is not being fair.”

However, Michael Agaba, a Kitintale surveyor in Nakawa division, Kampala, said this is an opportunity to complete the exercise.

“Some people in my area had not been counted, so this is an opportunity for them to be counted,” he said.

The 2024 National Housing and Population Census was due to take place from May 10 to 19, according to Ubos.

Ubos revealed that as of midnight Sunday they had listed 10.4 million households, representing 98 percent coverage.