Malawi census enumerators threaten sabotage, Police fire teargas in Kasungu

Officials from the National Statistics Office (NSO) will on  Monday start to count each and every Malawian in a national census and population amid threats from enumerators that they would sabotage the process.

Enumerators in Kasungu storm DC’s offices

In Kasungu, the enumerators say they have just been paid K20, 000 out of the agreed K120,000 for the week long training, saying this put them in harsh conditions as they had to sleep in bus shelters and eat little because the money was not enough.

The enumerators are also demanding that the K120, 000 which has been allocated as their allowance for each one of them for the two week census period be revised to K210, 000 in line with the cost of life.

Enumerators on Friday stormed the District Commissioner’s office to protest against unpaid allowances but they were sent back by the DC who said they did not follow proper procedures to demonstrate.

Police dispersed them using tear gas.

However, the disgruntled enumalators have since said they would sabotage the whole process if their demands are not met.

But spokesperson for NSO Kingsley Manda said those enumerators who do not want to work should just go, saying NSO has a long list of people who want the job.

“We told them in advance that this would be the allowance and they agreed. Why did they wait until they are employed to start making the demands even before they have started the work,” said Manda.

He said the K120, 000 was arrived at because the enumerators were told to be operating from home and the money was just for food.

On the K100, 000 training allowance for the Kasungu enumerators, he said the rest of the money would be credited into their bank accounts.

Manda also disclosed that NSO has hired 6, 000 vehicles for a total budget of K700 million out of the K13.8 billion budget, saying some of the vehicles are from five hiring firms and other private cars as well as government departments and parastatals.

In a related development, Ntcheu district commissioner (DC) Smart Gwedemula has asked enumerators into be professional when discharging their duties.

Speaking in Ntcheu during the official opening of a training session for enumerators, the DC said the exercise is important as its results are used in formulating government policies, planning development initiatives and as a guide in the allocation of various social services.

Gwedemula warned enumerators that they will be fired if they misbehave.

“Let me urge enumerators to be professional so that we have accurate data by the end of this exercise. Let me also take this opportunity to warn those that will misbehave during the exercise that they will be fired,” he said.

This year’s PHC will start on September 3 and finish on September 23 2018. At least 20 000 young men and women have been recruited as enumerators to conduct the census nationwide.

The previous census was conducted in 2008.  Malawi conducts PHC after 10 years.

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Chakwera
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Chakwera

Osangoisiya bwanji?

Gertrude
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Am one of the enumerators but to say the truth NSO is being headed by uneducated people. 20000 so far paid for 7 days training and we are coming from far home Namitete to Nathenje

Koma mmmmhhhh training yobowa ngati iyi msanayionepo.

Instead of kutipangila center kuno Ku Namitete

Stain
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Stain

Mumafuna kuba ndinu mumaziwa kuti muli ku Poly koma nkumapanga nao training kufuna ndalama basi.AKUKHAULITSANI A NYAPAPI INU

Samuel
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Samuel

Ntchitoyi ndiyakulu komanso yofunikira koma ana apapa kunenna mwachilungamo mwaabera. K120,000 three weeks kuyenda wapansi every day house to house mabwana akuyenda pagalimoto, burning fuel koma ndalama zambirimbiri.. Agalimotowo mwaabera kwambiri. By average ndiye kuti galimoto immodzi mukulipira 117,000 for 3 weeks misewu yake imeneyi. Ndalama zolipila manyumaleta kuphatikiza zahayala ya galimito zikukwana 3 billion. Malaputopu ndi zipangizo zake sizikudutsa 6 billion. Palibe rent apa ndalama zinazo from 13.8 billion nzachiani? Abale mudzikhala ndi umunthu.

Mmalawi
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Mmalawi

I fail to understand how NSO failed to plan despite having a 10 year gap after the last censor’s exercise. It’s a shame that despite having prior knowledge that the censor’s would require Tablets , they (NSO) only distributed the same a day before the last day of the training. To add, much as the recruited people will be operating from home, but the training itself didn’t happen within the people’s areas. Each district had a centre , which means that some enumerators have to travel long distances for the training. The training allowance was supposed to be deposited into… Read more »

Supplier
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Supplier

Its emanating from a moral decay in this country…No trustworthy.no credibility.This was dine to flush out cheats..Many lied to be employed yet they are serving officers like teachers…hospital personnel.They only wanted to get training allowance and vanish…its difficult to restart the training pjrocesss..
The other logistics issues its again to do with suppliers…They all missed deadlines though they had expressed that they have the capacity..They cant supply tshirts or deliver tablets…Remember we can not just relace these supllies we need authoridation from ODPP which takes time.
Much as the institution has the capacity the shortfalls are from other crooked organisation….

Bystander
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Bystander

This census will not be credible

Kodi
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Kodi

kuba basi

Ng'anga
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Ng'anga

To make matters worse how could you train data collectors in a week yet supervisors had to cover the same material in two weeks.Eish I wonder

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