Harare (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe has begun preparations for its fifth national population census to be held in August 2022 with focus currently on a pre-enumeration mapping exercise, an official has said.
Zimbabwe holds censuses every 10 years with the last one held in 2012 showing that the country had a population of just above 13 million people.
Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) director general Taguma Mahonde said the mapping exercise involved the subdivision of the country into small geographic units called Enumeration Areas which contain the prescribed population size of 80 to 120 households.
“The 2022 Zimbabwe Population Census will be carried out in August 2022 in accordance with the Census and Statistics Act [Chapter: 10:29)] 1/2007 Section 12 Sub-section (i) which stipulates that a national census shall be carried out every 10 years,” he said.
“It needs to be stressed that the census is a national project that requires the support of everyone. Although ZimStat is the main implementing agency, the support of all government ministries, private sector, civil society organizations and research and training institutions is vital for conducting a successful census.”
Mahonde said ZimStat was also aiming to use technological devises only to collect data during the upcoming census.
“Most countries are shifting towards the use of mobile devices in data collection in both cartographic census mapping and actual census enumeration. Given this background, Zimbabwe is focusing on following the global trend of the use of mobile devices for mapping and data collection during census enumeration,” he said.