Tanzania warns against interference of national population census

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Population Study

Tanzania’s statistics watchdog on Sunday warned members of the public against meddling with the National Population and Housing Census slated for August 23.

Albina Chuwa, statistician general with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said people that will be caught meddling with the population census will face the full force of the law.

“Interfering with the Population and Housing Census is a clear violation of the law and constitution, and the government cannot tolerate anybody who will be implicated in the malpractice,” Chuwa told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.

She said preparations for the census is on track, adding that the NBS has completed training for clerks, supervisors and other officials at national and regional levels.

On April 8, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced the date for the country’s National Population and Housing Census and urged citizens to be counted for their own benefit.

She urged all Tanzanians to get counted on the census day, saying the population and housing census was aimed at enabling the government to put in place plans that will help it provide services to the people.

“The government can hardly plan for development without having correct statistics of its people,” said President Hassan.

The last Population and Housing Census was conducted in Tanzania in 2012. Enditem

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