The planned August 27-28, 2014 National Population Census will cost an estimated Shs 75bn and create at least 150,000 jobs, the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) has said.

Speaking to MPs from eastern and northern Uganda recently, Francis Mashate, the national census coordinator, said the bulk of the money would be spent on recruiting and training field staff, procuring materials, data processing and analysis.

As part of the preparations for the census, Ubos has embarked on advocacy and sensitisation campaigns with major stakeholders.

Last week, the statistics body held similar engagements with religious leaders and local artistes at the National Theatre in Kampala.

This will be the fifth national population census to be conducted in Uganda. The last one was carried out in 2002.

According to Ubos, Uganda’s population continues to grow rapidly, increasing from 24.2 million in 2002 to an estimated 34.5 million in 2011.

Officials estimate that 1.8 million people were added to this number by the end of last year. The 2012 state-of-Uganda population report reveals that Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with at least 78 percent being below 30 years.

One of the factors contributing to rapid population growth is the high rate of teenage pregnancy, quoted at 24 per cent according to 2012 Ubos statistics. That means one in every four girls becomes pregnant while still a teenager.

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+3 #1 huh ! 2013-12-13 06:04
There will never be an honest Census in Uganda until the Rwandese stop crossing the border, and the day when our State house take the priority of promoting Ugandan citizenship first instead of handing our country to investors.

So please don't even bother county heads until Museveni is out of office.
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0 #2 Akot 2013-12-14 18:07
huh, Uganda is like Europe!
EU Politicians are in fighting over influx of immigrants & no one is tackling the problem on the ground, result is there are more & more coming in, weighing down on economies-nerve s while those already in are waiting to be housed-schools are over populated & tax payers can't take it any more!

Like Uganda, those born & lived in misery just like their parents-grand parents still wait for help-ease on tax burden while their situation worsen!

Ugandans must realise they hold the key to their freedom, together as one people!

While Ugandans hold on tribal grounds-many opposition parties;
Europeans hold on to social services established long ago for all & they are seeing these reduced month by month due to incapacity of leaders in handling immigration!...
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0 #3 Akot 2013-12-14 18:07
The More Europe imposes tax, the more people come in for there is money for mainly the poor who are taken in by social services!
These poor will continue until EU says "No We Can't Meet Demands any more!" Even people trafficers get life savings from these poor; aren't trafficers the ones to be hunted & tried for violation of human right?

Immigrants taken in by France a while ago still have to be housed, yet there are more coming in!

UK gave priority to immigrants' accommodation over their own people & this lead to outcry for they have been waiting in their own country for so long!
We still believe our countries have been independent for over 50 years!
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