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Census Enumerators Face Difficult Situations

Census Enumerators Face Difficult Situations

The Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZimStat)โ€™s enumerators have faced a number of challenges in the ongoing 10-day National Housing and Population Census.

The problems range from the failure to deliver electronic gadgets (tablets) to enumerators on time, thereby delaying the commencement of the census in some areas, to threats of physical harm to enumerators.

Reports suggest that some enumerators have been harassed by homeowners, particularly in urban areas, with some homeowners setting dogs on enumerators.

In some parts of the country, enumerators walk long distances, crossing flooded rivers to access villages in order to count people.

Zimstat has also failed to provide protective clothing such as raincoats and material enumerators to cover their electronic gadgets from the current wet spell.

The census enumerators have also bemoaned the lack of toilets in some places.

Addressing journalists during a Press conference in Harare on Monday, ZimStats director-general, Taguma Mahonde said:

As the case with many major operations, there are bound to be challenges. We hired vehicles for provinces.

However, there are some challenges we faced because of the rains.

In Matabeleland North and Midlands we have had challenges with flooded rivers.

We managed to deal with those issues although we had to use longer routes to access the areas.

In urban areas network connectivity has not been a challenge and as a result, the data collected has been easy to sync with our servers.

However, when we go to some remote areas connectivity becomes a challenge.

So, what we have received so far isnโ€™t concrete because some enumerators are still trying to sync the data.

He also said the start of the census (on 21 April) coincided with the end of the Easter period when some apostolic sect congregants were away from their homes, thus causing logistical challenges for Zimstat. Said Mahonde:

We had to withdraw our enumerators from the whole of Shamva (for instance, to the Johane Masowe Vadzidzi VaJesu Church gathering in Madziwa Shamva) to enumerate congregants.

The exercise moved to the area the following morning and when we were about to finish there was another gathering nearby.

That was a day lost. That explains the delays in distributing tablets to some areas.

The challenge is that we were just coming from Easter and thatโ€™s the time some churches congregated.

Based on data that had been consolidated by ZimStats as at 1500hrs (on day 5) 5 816 396 people and 1 464 050 households had been counted. Said Mahonde:

As of 1500hrs, yesterday 1 456 088 interviews had been successfully completed.

People in 203 buses that were travelling were enumerated on the census night along highways.

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12 Comments

619 3ย weeks ago

vanhu vane nzara ,,some of the questions are very useless


Incorrect 4ย weeks ago

then you find this government want to open schools while most teachers are out the doing census. You want our children to go and play out there after paying fees. Open on the ninth you short minded fools.


philimon 4ย weeks ago

sokuona kwangu kubvunza kuti une tv here vanenge vachida kuti vanoita nezve matv license vazive kuti vanhu vari kushandisa magadgets iwayo vangani


ลˆ6 pence 4ย weeks ago

hanzi munorasira marara kupi ndozva kana une bete mumba izvi


๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜– 4ย weeks ago

@Pumura. ๐Ÿ’ฏ% correct โ˜‘๏ธโ˜‘๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ


pumura 4ย weeks ago

imwe mibvunzo haidi vanhu vaine nzara


๐Ÿšฉ 4ย weeks ago

๐—ข๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ, ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ.


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Jah๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผTsvarie-07 4ย weeks ago

Information yavanoda irikokwa Mr Teller komsitheli kwamudzviti.

Birth certificates minus Death certificates
= POPULATION
kunosara vari Diaspora nevakavigwa ikoko,
koo kuzoti une TV DVD zvinoshanda ๐Ÿ˜‚


Malowe 4ย weeks ago

Ini ndakati ibvai pano you are wasting my time am I paid for such foolish questions?


Gudo 4ย weeks ago

Zvirumisei nembwa zviri kubvunza mibvunzo isinei nekuverengwa kwevanhu


๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜– 4ย weeks ago

ini pavakasvika ndakavaudza kut ndichamboenda kundotsvaka maricho handimiriri interview yenyu isina mari mukati.


putin 4ย weeks ago

zimbo nhaiwee zimboooo



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