Census enumerators urged to be diligent

By ZBC Reporters
GOVERNMENT has reminded enumerators for the national population and housing census that diligence and honesty will be critical in the exercise for the country’s policy formulation to be based on accurate statistics.
This comes as thousands of supervisors are undergoing training ahead of the national population and housing census set for next month.
In Mashonaland West province, warning shots have been fired against elements that cheat and provide false information.
“I think we all heard from the Director General that as leaders you need to do the work correctly. You can’t cheat, you can’t be people who dwell into confidentiality of people. That information you receive must be kept in confidence. People are private and they want to keep their lives private,” said Hon Mary Mliswa, Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
“As leaders you need to send signal to enumerators that there is no room for cheating. There is also another problem which usually comes with indecorous behaviour. We don’t expect those who like their beer to do consumption during working hours,” said Taguma Mahonde, Zimstats Director General.
The Population and housing census is expected to provide vital information for planning purposes and policy formulation.
In Mashonaland Central province, ZIMSTAT Public Relations Officer, Roland Chiringa spelt out the training programme ahead of the census.
“After this training there will be a short break from 24 March to the 7th of April then the supervisors will train enumerators in the districts. Preparations are at an advanced stage, we are left with 34 days before actual enumeration, census night beginning on 24th of April, so everyone who sleeps here in Zimbabwe, be they homeless, prisons, in hotels shall be counted, be they foreigners, they are still going to be counted,” said Chiringa.
Equipment for the digital enumeration exercise has already been availed and tested.
According to treasury ZWL$85 million has been availed for the exercise, which will be held from the 21st to 30th of next month.