House of Representatives urges suspension of census

The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution urging the National Population Commission to suspend the planned census exercise due to security concerns.

The issue raised under matters of urgent public importance pointed to the challenge of insecurity in most parts of the country which has led to displacement of persons to distant locations, some as far as neighboring countries.

The House notes that conducting a census amounts to placing staff on the path of danger as their lives will also be at risk due to kidnappings and banditry.

The lawmakers were of the view that accuracy may not be achieved should the exercise go ahead.

While urging the commission to put on hold the population census until security situation stabilizes, the house resolved to invite the chairman of the National Population Commission to make clarification on the feasibility of the exercise.

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