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Minister Casts Doubt On Accuracy Of Census Results

Minister Casts Doubt On Accuracy Of Census Results

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Judith Ncube has cast doubt on the veracity of population census results that have been released by the Zimbabwe Statistic Agency (Zimstat) over the years.

Ncube queried why population figures in Matabeleland provinces have remained the same during successive censuses, saying results of the census will help guide the Government on how to approach development and service delivery.

She challenged Zimstat to produce population census results that are a true reflection of the number of people in the province when it conducts the 2022 national census. Said Ncube:

In our briefing, I made an indication that the late national hero Cde Sydney Malunga used to talk very strongly about the Bulawayo and Matabeleland population.

The figures we present determine the size of the cake that is given to each province. If we misled the leadership, they will believe that uBulawayo ulabobaba abangaphiwanga inzalo.

The population remains at 600 000 every time which will lead to an investigation about the men of Bulawayo and Matabeleland on what natural family planning methods they are using as the population does not grow.

The figures remain almost the same as we are not increasing but I did appreciate what the director general of Zimstat told me that the approach and method they are going to use will give a true reflection about Bulawayo.

Zimstat will conduct the national population and housing census next year from April 21 to April 30 that will provide new figures for the country`s demographic, social, and economic profile.

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

BEFORE I RETIRED FROM MY FORMER EMPLOYMENT, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN MATABELELAND SOUTH PROVINCE, SPECIFICALLY AT BEITBRIDGE AND PLUMTREE BETWEEN 1985 AND 1995. I HAVE SINCE KEPT INTEREST IN MOST ISSUES WHICH HAPPEN IN MATABELELAND PROVINCES.

EACH TIME THAT THERE WAS OR THERE IS A CENSUS, POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN THESE PROVINCES COMPLAIN AND ARGUE THAT THE FIGURES IN THEIR PROVINCES ARE FALSE AND INACCURATE. BUT THEY HAVE DISMALLY FAILED TO PROVE IT.

YES, THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED BECAUSE GOVERNMENT BENCHMARKS SHARE OF EACH PROVINCE OF RESOURCES ON CENSUS FIGURES. CENSUS IS A VERY ELABORATE, SENSITIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS WHICH SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH GREAT INTEREST FROM ALL PARTIES INVOLVED.

I WILL NOT GO INTO NITTY GRITTIES OF HOW CENSUS IS CARRIED OUT SAVE TO SAY THE ENUMERATORS ARE PICKED FROM WELL EDUCATED PERSONNEL FROM THE PROVINCE WHO SHOULD WORK IN THEIR PROVINCE. NORMALLY A CENSUS PROCESS IS CARRIED OUT DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SO THAT THEY EMPLOY AS MANY TEACHERS AS POSSIBLE.

THE BARK FALLS BACK ONTO THE SAME PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE INACCURACY OF THE CENSUS FIGURES, THE POLITICIANS. THEY SHOULD HELP GOVERNMENT TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CENSUS PROCESS SO THAT PEOPLE COOPERATE WITH ENUMERATORS.

BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE, SOME RESIDENTS TAKE CENSUS PROCESS ON POLITICAL GROUNDS AND LEAVE THEIR HOMES JUST TO FRUSTRATE THE ED ADMINISTRATION. IN THE END THIS ACTION IS GOING TO PRODUCE FALSE, INACCURATE AND WRONG FIGURES.

A NATIONAL CENSUS IS NOT A POLITICAL GIMMICK, BUT A NATIONAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS WHICH CUTS ACROSS ALL POLITICAL DIVIDE. IT IS AN APOLITICAL PROCESS IN WHICH JACK AND JILL MUST BE INTERESTED IN.

CENSUS PROCESS IS NOT AN [ED] THING NOR IS IT AN [NHM] THING. IT IS AN APOLITICAL CONSTITUTIONAL AND RESPECTABLE PROCESS.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Gibs 6 months ago

Taneta nemi Inga murikupera wani Mwari varikuona census yekunyeba kuti mubirire maelections madhara asina tsitsi


Wiseman 6 months ago

Census yofanira kuratidza kuti Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe inevanhu vangani before elections



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