However, some chiefs in Eastern Province have appealed to government to ensure telecommunication channels are worked on. The chiefs lamented that some people in some parts of the province do not have access to information due to poor radio and television signals.

Chief Luembe in Nyimba District said some areas in his chiefdom are hard to reach due to bad road network and flooding on the Luangwa River during the rainy season. He named the affected areas as Chikwasha, Mushalila and Mbuluma communities.

And Chief Nyalugwe also of Nyimba district welcomed the move by government to conduct the mapping exercise as it will help to know the population of people in his chiefdom and the country as a whole. He added that the census results will also enable government, stakeholders and traditional leadership know the challenges communities are facing.

Chief Nyalugwe also lamented that telecommunication systems still remains a challenge in his chiefdom and that people have no access to both television and radio signals from community radio stations and the national broadcaster, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

The Chief also complained of poor mobile network connectivity and called on government to consider improving communication channels. He said some areas like Chusi, Nyamalika and Lameck villages can only be reached using water transport to cross the Muswiswi River.

He has since appealed to government to procure a pontoon and build bridges for people to have easy access to the area. The chiefs disclosed this during the publicity activities to sensitise the public on the census mapping and upcoming census in August this year.

The publicity team comprised officers from the Zambia Statistics Agency publicity team working with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) who conducted mobile public announcements in the five provinces.

The team also worked with the Ministry of Culture and Traditional Affairs (MOCTA) and paid courtesy calls on all the chiefdoms in the 63 districts.

Meanwhile, Chief Jumbe has pledged to work towards enhancing sensitisation to the villages in his chiefdom which has nine (9) Village Action Groups headed by a chairperson who will help with the publicity of the census mapping.

It is important that the citizenry cooperates with Map Data Collectors when they visit their homes by providing them with accurate information to achieve a successful census.

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