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Zimstat gears up for 2022 population census

Brighton Chiseva

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) said it is upping its game in preparation for the 2022 national population and housing census.
In a statement during a post cabinet briefing on November 9, the Minister of Information and broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa said 31 000 Tablets (phones) to be used in the enumeration exercise had already been delivered with the census mapping having reached close to 85percent.
“The nation is informed that preparations for the 2022 population and housing census are on-going with 31 000 Tablets to be used during the exercise having been delivered so far. Census mapping has covered about 84.6 percent of the country and is expected to be complete by January 21, 2022,” said Mutsvangwa.
The 2022 census scheduled for April will for the first time be done digitally meaning they are doing away with paper to save time for data capturing.
Enumerators will enter information they gather in mobile gadgets which directly send data to the national server.
Speaking to TellZim News, Zimstat Public Relations Officer Roland Chiringa said about 20 000 tablets are expected to be delivered anytime soon.
He went on to say they are already conducting workshops with enumerators as they prepare them for the actual exercise.
“Preparations are going on very well and we already got 31 000 tablets and 20 000 more will be delivered to fit the actual number we need for the enumerators. We recently had a workshop with our enumerators in Gweru. We started on the November 4, and finished on November 13 as we prepare for the pilot Census which will start on November 17,” said Chiringa.
Provincial and district census structures have already been set up and Zimstat is sensitizing structures to be prepared for the census.
The census will run for 10 days, with enumerators drawn from their localities, and each is expected to cover about 100 households.

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