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Census important for development

Census important for development

Idd in Arabic means festivity while Fitr means breaking the fast. This is a time when Muslims celebrate the conclusion of the dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadhan. The first day of Idd, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.

This is a day when Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity. It was only right then that the Mufti, Sheikh Shaban bin Simba, pleaded with all Muslims in the country to not only take serious but also respect the national Population and Housing Census on August 26.

Tanzania conducts the census to establish its citizenry and others residing in the country after every ten years. The idea is for the government to know the proper number of people in the country and their needs to enhance national development.

The exercise will help the government in preparing strategies and policies for all individuals in the country. Since sensitization of the exercise, however, there has been talks of some people trying to boycott the census.

Calls for people to boycott the census have mostly been from certain religious quarters. Reasons may vary from place to place but the calls have been the same. Most importantly, any attempts to boycott the exercise translate to thwarting government efforts to bring development to its people.

The call by the Mufti during the Idd Baraza held in Songea for all Muslims in the country to respect and fully participate in the census was just because Muslims make a huge part of the country's population. Furthermore, Tanzania is a secular country. Social services are taken to people irrespective of their religions.

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