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Why Those "Weird" Questions Are Important For A National Census

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Some Zimbabweans are baffled by the questions being asked by enumerators in the ongoing 2022 National Housing and Population Census.

In previous censuses, questions on employment and access to water and electricity have featured but this year people are being asked about the type of floors in their homes, what they use for cooking, physical disabilities, education levels, where they were living 10 years ago, among other “weird” questions.

According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), apart from counting people, a census is also used to find out more about Zimbabweans and how they live.

Thus, factors such as unemployment, access to basic services, or people’s standards of living need to be captured on the census questionnaire. Zimstat spokesperson Mercy Chidemo said:

Our questionnaire has several modules. There is a demography module, functionality, immigration, mortality, education, labour force and housing characteristics.

Speaking in an interview with ZimFact, Tinofa Mutevedzi, a demographer and population health specialist said Zimstat enumerators will ask questions about the type of floor or roof at your house, what you use for washing, personal hygiene, or what energy source the family uses for cooking.

She said these questions generate important data on the standard of living and access to basic services. Added Mutevedzi:

Those questions are found in all censuses in the developing world to measure access to basic services; a) energy source (lighting and cooking), water (tap, borehole or open well/river), and housing, such as the type of building including walls, roof and floor types.

In South Africa, a census questionnaire also asks about “construction material of outer walls, floor, roof”.

This, according to Stats SA, “identifies standards of living/peoples’ welfare,” and the “information (is) to be used in generating economic and social indicators.”

Meanwhile, Zimstat director-general Taguma Mahonde assured the public that all information they give to enumerators will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. He said:

Please note that in line with the Census and Statistics Act, all information collected during the population housing census enumeration exercise is confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only.

The 2022 National Housing and Population Census commenced on 21 April and is expected to be concluded on 30 April.

More: ZimFact

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samba dija 3 weeks ago

why dont they use drones to map out cities

R.Mugabe 3 weeks ago

dira rizare sahwi, mapfunde akaribika haasi ako

phil 3 weeks ago

Generally Zimbabwe is a broken state.chese chaitwa nehurumende inonzi Zanu pf chave kutsamwisa.Even kutipa sadza imbodza chete. A leader who is over 60yrs hatichadi..dira rizare ndozviripo

mhofu samaita 3 weeks ago

one of their ignorant fool auya nhasi and one of their question hanzi what is ur cellphone number?
i told him its irrelevant to census, its a personal mobile fone mukuda kuishandisa ku zanu pf kuba my vote. zanu pf ini inotondishamisa, yapererwa shuwa

bee 3 weeks ago

questionz r a waste of time


J 3 weeks ago

They asked me where i buy my clothes mubhero or mushop apa ndichitenga hembe dzemubhero mushop🤨🤨

Trinity 3 weeks ago

hanzi" munoisana kangani pavhiki" ini ahhh kwakanaka here uku

Enumerator 3 weeks ago

Next Question:
Are you gay??

manuscript 3 weeks ago


BUOY 3 weeks ago

comment section never dissapoint🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😍😍😍

aaaaa 3 weeks ago

ska hkna kwatiri kuenda kna pakadaro

😀 @ 3 weeks ago

kkkkkkkkk ayas your comments guys really made my day

Worzell Gummidge 3 weeks ago

If the Comments Section is removed, then Pindula will collapse. The Comments section is very active in this platform. The comments show diversity, ingenuity & improve participation levels amongst citizens

jj 3 weeks ago

They even ask kuti is your child married ini ndavaudza kuti Ari grade 4 ivo vachimuona

Imwe Mbeu 3 weeks ago

😂😂😂 maybe anga ari waMomberume 🤦

Statistician 3 weeks ago

The questions are pertinent. A stable and democracy state would then use this data to improve access to water,electricity, health and education. There are so many issues that need review in this country. And any future gvt would need exactly 42 years to resuscitate what Zanu Pf has destroyed

The Boy Who Saw 🛸 UFOs 3 weeks ago

They are asking if we're virgins kuno

Harry Maguire 3 weeks ago


The King of Serpents 3 weeks ago

brother's wife was 8 months pregnant and they also asked her if she was still a virgin 😂😂😂😂😂😂

The Bush Lawyer's Nephew 3 weeks ago

😂😂stop lying

census 3 weeks ago

Even in the past census years those questions were asked, some of the things you can see them on your own and there will be no need to ask the questions.

census lite 3 weeks ago

Problem ndeyekuti data rinenge racollectwa in these other countries rinoshandiswa kutsvaga nzira dzeku improver hupenyu hwevanhu... in Zimbabwe hapana hapana.... ingori "Dira Rizare" yega yega
census enumerators are very dull yes very dull how can u ask an obvious qxn like what sort of toilet do u se is it a flash or a blair,apa she is asking for these question in Mandara and waterfalls ,applying a bit of reasoning do u think Mandara and Waterfalls use bushy toilet or blair toilet
i wanted to give her a clap ndakazomunyarira nekuti anga arimukuru kwandiri
[4/25, 4:06 I recall on first lockdown vakanyora mazita vakati kukuiswa ma30usd as covid relieve 🤣🤣🤣 marii 30usd

DJ Mwonzora 3 weeks ago

haaaaa ngavaite census yekubvunza kuti Munhu anosuppoerter party ipi

Ntaba 3 weeks ago

They ask kuthi you are not working why don't you look for a job. Emagine!!

Zuze 3 weeks ago

So that ZANU can start planning rigging mechanisms??? Hell NO!!!

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