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ZimStats Hires 'ZANU PF Youths' For National Population Census

ZimStats Hires 'ZANU PF Youths' For National Population Census

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStats) has reportedly hired ZANU PF youths as enumerators for the forthcoming national population census.

This has raised concerned citizens’ fears that the census figures may be doctored ahead of the delimitation exercise as the country heads to the 2023 general elections.

A delimitation exercise, that is, the redrawing of electoral constituencies, will be conducted based on the census figures, and this may give room to gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is the manipulation of the boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favour one party over others.

ZimStats spokesperson Mercy Chidemo confirmed that 20% of the enumerators were drawn from unemployed youths. She said:

I can confirm that we hired unemployed youths drawn from the enumeration areas.

The majority are civil servants and there is only a small number reserved for youths, who are also below 35 years, that are computer literate and are able to communicate properly.

Ministries have been submitting their lists to PSC for vetting.

Teachers’ unions, among them Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Teachers Union, and Educators Union of Zimbabwe, alleged that ZANU PF had hijacked the census enumeration exercise.

In previous censuses, teachers have been recruited as enumerators but this year, PSC said teachers who were on strike in February will not be considered for the exercise.

ZANU PF secretary for administration Obert Mpofu dismissed the allegations, saying there are some people who are “obsessed” with the ruling party. Mpofu told NewsDay:

ZANU PF was not advised about how the national census was going to be carried out. People just worry, and they are so obsessed with ZANU PF.

I don’t know what the problem is. We are the ruling party, and we are the party-government.

We cannot be part of those irregularities as alleged by your sources.

This is in spite of the fact that during a recent post-Cabinet media briefing, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced that youths would be engaged as enumerators following a Cabinet resolution.

More: NewsDay


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8 Comments

Ndimba Ndimba 1 month ago

Zanu PF is a shameful party, elections they rig ,now they want to go a level higher by rigging the national census figures in preparation for 2023 rigging machinery. We are watching you closely. If everything is above board why not just employ all youth irrespective of affiliation to Zanu PF as a qualification. This is segregation which is not allowed by labour laws. It shows Zanu PF is up to something sinister with census figures in order to reduce constituencies in some areas where it is not popular while increasing them in areas where it is popular. So disgusting why does Zanu PF try to cheat at every turn ,even where mere counting of people is involved .ZEC is an accomplice in this dirty deal to rope in Zanu PF Youths for census enumeration. Tikukuonai tichakugadzirirai good size come 2023 like we did pamaby-election. Zvipei mazimkwacha amuri kudhinda zvana zvenyu but hakuna kwazvinosvika nawo.


𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙯𝙖 1 month ago

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚....𝙞𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨


rev4 1 month ago

Nyika iyi mongoida henyu bt haaaaaaaa no this is not it ....these pple are evil ungati ndivo vanonyengera satan mazanu straight...in such broad daylight....and have you pple noticed kt Zimbabwe inobata maforeigners like eggs bt isu tikaenda kune dzimwe nyika toitwa yese yese.....zvkusvika pakti even in our own country tinosvika pakubatwa junkies with those in power and hu abuse it on us....Tts ndichiti ngaapinde hake mkomana....so for I have 2 good days thinking of how families and marriages have vanished, collapsed and deteriorated the numbers are so escalating, at the same time early marriages prostitution..robberies...that bond yaiitwa kudhara hakuchina pple are hustling muzvi *R* imomu....couples staying away (distanced) for more than 1yr be it new married or old....no difference....the madalas are still working pension funds acho akadhakwa...kufa uchishanda sewachi.....we need our bread basket of Africa back....hatingaoneri life kunext door not this time....we are putting to much effort for our sustainability....if this effort was to be put on a well economy Zimbabwe would be far away developed and with plenty of riches *Canaan* milk and honey
Right now munhu ane degree reA/C ari padoor reZupco apa haasi kubhadharwa inokwana
Inflation is sky rocketing and you think printing new notes will solve we saw this in 07/08 it won't work actually you are catalysing inflation
Civil servant is going for side hustle vamwe arikumakomba muri ikuda kunodya
You pple Zanu...you took power wen evrything was in place and running bt ryt now mvura chaiyo toudza zvemaborehole are you for real 🤔
...olk fine lets say what you are saying is true which we know it's not of giving free education be it at watever stage...then what, right now with the number yekadzidza plus yacho ye free motiitisei zvimwe muchiti totamba
With the looting tts done in Zimbabwe as compared to the population..munhu wese anokwanisa kuva ne1million USD then the rest modya henyu bt problem they don't have pple at heart
So tikutsvirei 1 haisi tea,2.haina sugar, 3.kkupisa ft motipfekedzajuzi plus machira pmsoro *HAIKONA*
*sikuka mwana wezimbabwe, sukhuma t'ana wasekhaya, let all stand up Zimbabwe...*
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Chawabvunza 1 month ago

ZANU PF has taken first rigging step by employing their youths in the census process. Obviously they want to gerrymander constituencies. ZEC is going to be directed by ZANU PF to increase constituencies in Mashonaland Central and diminish constituencies in Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North and Bulawayo Provinces because Mashonaland Central Province is ZANU PF stronghold while it has very little support in Matabeleland Provinces.


Armed Robbery 1 month ago

huh aghh nxaa this is bullsh!t ko ma youth e Zanu ndiwo anogona nezve computer chete, apa tato rigwa .....why pese pese Zanu, **** this mani zanu ndiyo ine corruption huh, 2023 lets unite vote for CCC


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Thanos 1 month ago

Finish Gerrymandering ndoirikuitwa hapana chakanaka chinobuda apa, Zanu PF pese pese inongo kanganisa zvinhu.Mwari huyayi mutore vanhu venyu vaende ku Heroes vagarisa ikozvino


STAR LORD 1 month ago

Unotorwara wozvako iwe


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