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Uganda's population increases by over 10 million since last census

19 November 2014, 11:02 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Uganda Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday evening released provisional results of the 2014 national population census.

According to the provisional results, the population of Uganda has increased by 10.7 million since 2002.

''Uganda's population now is 34.9 million,'' said Uganda bureau of statistics director, John Munjereza.

Reading the provisional results, Munjereza noted that 'the population growth rate is set at 3.0 percent since the last census in 2002 with the central region now having the highest population density.'

He added that Central region has a population of  9.6 million people, eastern region 9.1 million, western 8.9 million and northern with 7.2 million.

Wakiso district has the highest population in the country with 2.7 million, while Kampala is second with 1.5 million.

The least populated districts are Kalangala, Kween and Ntoroko with less than 400 000 people each.

The findings also confirm that females are taking the bigger share in the country’s population with 17.6 million while male population stands at 16.9 million.

While officiating the release of the results, the prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda said, ''I request all government departments to utilize the produced statistics to plan for the nation.''

In a related development, UNFPA country representative Esperance Fundira applauded Uganda for releasing the results early saying they should help in planning for the national development plan phase two.

The final results, according to Uganda bureau of statistics officials, are expected on December 15, 2014.

The 2002 population census results indicated that the population of Uganda was 24 million.

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