Census kicks off, First family among the first to be counted

By Josephine Mugiyo

THE national population and housing census has started with President Emmerson Mnangagwa among the first people to be counted.

The next ten days will see Zimbabweans being counted in the county’s 5th census since independence.

Going paperless, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) is using the computer assisted personal interviewing technique.

This Thursday morning saw ZIMSTAT officials knocking on the first citizen’s door at the State House in Harare, paving way for enumeration of the rest of the population.

ZIMSTAT Director General, Mr Taguma Mahonde underscored the importance of the enumeration exercise.

“This process needs to be informed by numbers, you need to know the age categories in the country so that you plan accordingly,” said Mr Mahonde.

Zimbabweans have also been urged to cooperate with personnel who will be conducting the census.

“We are delighted that the President gave us the opportunity to count him. This shows that this exercise is important and national. I encourage Zimbabweans to cooperate with our enumerators, the information provided fir is confidential,” he said.

The population and housing census comes exactly 10 years after the last exercise in 2012.