Tertiary institutions close for national census

By Owen Mandova

ALL universities and colleges will close to pave way for the national population census which will be conducted this month.

Meanwhile, the necessary groundwork has been laid for celebrating the country’s 42nd Independence anniversary in Bulawayo.

This was revealed by the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Jenifani Muswere at this Tuesday’s post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare.

“Preparations for the 2022 Population and Housing Census are on track, with Levels 1 and 2 training having been completed in March 2022. All institutions of higher learning will be closed from 18 to 30 April 2022 to allow for the enumeration of students,” he said.

“Preparations for the 42nd Independence Anniversary are at an advanced stage. Celebrations will commence on 16 April 2022 with the lighting of the Independence Flame at Khami National Monument,” he added.

It was also revealed that Zimbabwe’s economy grew by 7.8 per cent last year, underpinned by the successful implementation of the National Development Strategy One economic policy blueprint.

“The National GDP growth for 2021 stood at 7.8%. Inflation significantly declined from 837.5% in July 2020 to 60.7% in December 2021. The Auction System ensured a stable exchange rate and an uninterrupted supply of foreign currency to the economy,” said minister Muswere.

Zimbabwe has improved on a number of key human indicators and metrics courtesy of the Government’s socio-economic reforms.

Responding to questions by journalists on the current state of the economy and the exchange rate, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube said the global supply chains have been largely disrupted which has triggered a destabilisation of prices on the local market.