NSO runs short of K1.6bn for  Malawi census exercise

National Statistics Office (NSO) says it has a deficit of K1.6 billion for payments of enumerators for the September population and housing census.

Sado: Waiting for stakeholders meeting

Spokesperson for NSO Kingsley Manda said the organization is now looking up to the government for a bail out.

He said donors pledged to pump in the money out of the K6.4 billion budget but the donors have chickened out, they seem not to be interested to fund the exercise which is undertaken every 10 years.

“The development partners are not coming forthwith but we cannot postpone the census exercise, this is why we are looking up to government for help,” said Manda.

The last census, which put the Malawi population at 16 million, was held in 2008.

Ministry of Finance spokesperson Davis Sado said the government would make its position known on Thursday at a stakeholders meeting for the census in Lilongwe.

“There is a meeting tomorrow where we will make our position known in terms of financing,” said Sado.

Manda, on the other hand, has told people to ignore fake advertisements for enumerators job vacancies, they were from conmen.

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Vyalema
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Vyalema

Mercy Kanyuka busy campaigning for Chakwera. The worst Commissioner of Statistics NSO has.Busy backbiting. Government shouls have deployed her somewhere… You say you have a deficit then why did you return surplus resourcws at the end of the financial year?Botolo deal with this idiot.

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The money given to NSO was far enough because there is always wastage in terms of allowances and fuel. This is the time people working for NSO claim allowances when they are not involved in the census and also drivers are seen at filling stations redeeming fuel coupons for cash. There so much theft at NSO and this has been going on for a long time because even auditors are involved in the theft. Donors should not give extra money to NSO because all this money will end in pockets of people.

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