UBOS new board sworn in

By Edwin Muhumuza

A new board has been sworn in at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics( UBOS) after four months of waiting as result of the COVID-19 lock down .
The new board is chaired by Dr. Albert Byamugisha, who will serve with six members, including; Dr. Jacob Opolot, a director at Bank of Uganda; Rosette Nakavuma, Bernard Mulengani, Dr. Robert Wamala, Dr. Joseph Muvawala, the National Planning Authority (NPA) executive director, Dr. Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the executive director of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and Pamela Kansiime as Board Secretary.

The members of the new board that will serve for three years took oaths of office and secrecy before Principal Judge Flavian Zeija, at UBOS offices in Kampala .

The outgoing board of directors was chaired by Dr. Robin Kibuuka ,serving alongside others including; Dr. Mugume Adam, Dr.Musisi Albert, Mrs Norah Katumba ,Mrs. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, and Dr. Wamala Robert.

The State minister for Finance, David Bahati, asked the new board to provide strategic direction to management and staff so that stakeholders’ expectations are met adding that there should be team works as well as corporate governance in management of the bureau.

Relatedly , he called for more availability of statistical data, ‘we want you to move up to the village so that Members of Parliament can have them, especially data that matters for the development of the country. ’ he said.

UBOS is the principal data collecting, processing, analyzing, and disseminating agency responsible for coordinating and supervising the national statistical system.

Justice Flavian Zeija noted the need for the board to undergo training adding that learning was a continuous process.

The outgoing chairman Robin Kibuuka recommended that going forward,from his six years experience at the bureau,there is need to focus on two activities especially,the NPHC2022 and the Plan for National Statistical Development phase 3. (PNSDIII)

The In-coming Chairperson, Albert Byamugisha has pledged to ensure the implementation of the Plan for National Statistical Development phase III which is line with the National Development Plan 3. He also called for the increased access to statistics and the number of data scientists.

Following the end of the previous board, there had been concerns that delays to get a new board would negatively affect the operations and governance of UBOS.

Ugandans wasting time in watching soccer and sleeping -Report

By Alice Lubwama
A new report released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics on “time use in Uganda 2017-2018 “has indicated that Ugandans spend a lot of time in unproductive work in a day compared to productive work.

According to this survey , it has been discovered that Ugandans spend 13 hours of their time in unproductive work out of the daily 24 hours available.

While releasing this survey, Dunstan Aguta a statistician with UBOS said that many Ugandans spend most of their time in activities like sleeping, watching football , resting and others.

In terms of gender the survey show that women spend 6 out of 24 hours in unpaid care work including cooking and looking after children, while men spend only 5 out of 24 hours in unpaid care work.

Aguta however say that the trend is not good for a country like Uganda that is aspiring to reach the middle income status.

The survey was conducted between 2017-2018 in 122 districts engaging 3364 with a response rate of 96%.

Mayiga applauds UBOS for updating Buganda kingdom statistics

By Daudi Zirimala

The kingdom of Buganda has applauded the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) for gathering information regarding to the population in the Kingdom.

The Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga said that, the statistics regarding the population in the kingdom will enable the king to plan effectively in social-economic welfare of his subjects.

Mayiga says statistics given to kingdom show how Buganda is doing in terms of contraceptives, hand washing, child mortality rate among others.