The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has urged field supervisors and enumerators to be focused and disciplined to ensure a credible national census.
Speaking at the ongoing provincial supervisors training workshops in Harare and Bulawayo, ZIMSTAT director-general, Taguma Mahonde said:
The issue of discipline is important as we cannot put the name of ZIMSTATS and government into disrepute. This means cheating is not tolerated. Census means 100% enumeration.
But, some will decide to do a census under a tree instead of interviewing the households. This will not be tolerated as we would be putting taxpayers’ money to waste.
Also, there is a need for supervisors and enumerators to be neutral when doing data collection in the suburbs and villages
As leaders, let’s also see that there will be sober behaviour as some enumerators would give preference to alcohol.
This year’s national census, which will be the fifth since independence, will take place from 21 to 30 April 2022.
Zimbabwe last held its census in 2012 when the country’s population was estimated to be 13 061 239.
The 2022 national population census will be the first to be held in April as previous censuses were held in August.
Results are expected to be released within six months, instead of two years as has been the case with previous censuses.
This is because this year’s will be carried out using tablets known as Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) instead of paper and pen, hence, data will be processed faster.