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Tribalism Threatens Census Exercise

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While all is set including about 150,000 enumerators and the necessary equipment, the preparatory arrangements for the exercise are slowly being dogged by tribalistic grumblings, Chimpreports has learnt.

Sources at UBOS House tell us animosity has been piling in the building on account that the census project has been dominated mainly by people from the western region of the country.

“It seems there’s a growing feeling here that the top managing team of the (census) exercise has not been fairly picked,” a source intimated to us yesterday.

He further told us that because of the complexity of the matter, some of the disgruntled staffers had resorted to informal means of expressing dissatisfaction.

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In different parts of the building including in both elevators, on census posters, our Corp was shown harsh comments written in pen condemning the deemed segregative team selection.

“But why you all the time?” reads one of the lurid comments.

The source further told us that management has already been informed about the disgruntlement and responded by threatening serous punishment to the commentators.

Apparently, UBOS Executive Director Ben Mungyereza, while briefing some of the teams that will coordinate the census across the country, vowed to investigate the complainers and have them sacked.

“He said these were ignorant, primitive and ill-mannered, and that if he identified them he’d recommend them to the board to be sacked,” revealed the source.

The census project which was supposed to take place in 2012 was postponed to 2013 and later to this year, citing majorly financial constraints.

In this year’s exercise, enumerators are expected to traverse over 60,000 village councils around the country.

They will move from household to household and interview the heads of the house hold using pre-designed questionnaires.

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