Millions of Ugandas stayed home on Friday (18 January) to receive 50-thousand national census takers.
GV EXTERIOR Deserted Kampala main road
GV People outside their home
SV Enumerators handing out census forms and people filling them in (4 shots)
GV & CU Damaged roof and household goods about which people are asked on census forms (4 shots)
GV People outside their hut
GV PAN Children playing in village street
SV ZOOM IN TO???CU Enumerator handing out forms ZOOM IN TO CU badge reading "Enumerator"
SV People filling in census forms (3 shots)
GV & SV Moslems going to prayer in mosque (2 shots)
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Background: Millions of Ugandas stayed home on Friday (18 January) to receive 50-thousand national census takers. Police restricted all travel during the census, prior to general elections and economic recovery programmes.
SYNOPSIS: Even Kampala's main road looked deserted as all shops and markets stayed closed on the day of the census. People prepared for census collectors to come to them. Only census officials, known as enumerators, police and journalists were allowed on the roads between six in the morning and six at night.
Even a leaking roof and minor household goods had to be listed on the forms as people were asked about their possessions. One enumerator said people were reluctant to give information about television sets and radios they owned -- they're afraid, he said, the government might take them away. But there were no reports of troubles. Here in Ggaba the enumerators' police escort never even caught up with them.
The government is spending about eight and a half million dollars (US) on the census. It's the first one in 11 years. The poll is backed by the United Nations Development Fund which has donated vehicles and promised help with tabulating and analysing the results.
The only sign of life in Kampala's streets emerged at lunch-time. The capital's Moslems were exempted from the curfew order to attend mid-day prayers.