ZIMBABWE’s Finance and Economic Development minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has indicated government is set to use 55 000 enumerators to digitally capture data for next year’s census.
The 2022 census is the first, according to government, that will see the digital capture of data through the use of tablets.
Prof. Mthuli also said while government has allocated a total US$80 million for the census, it “will manage the overall expenses we below the budgets indicated.”
“In the 2021 budget, Treasury allocated ZWL$4.4 billion towards the national census. A similar order of amount will be allocated in the 2022 budget. The total budget over the 2021-2022 period is of the order of US$80 million,” said Prof. Ncube.
Zimbabwe conducts a population census every ten years and next year’s exercise will be the southern African state’s fifth since independence from Britain in 1980.
The 2012 census had an allocation of US$15 million and the minister noted that there are changed circumstances leading to government’s current budget allocation.
“The census is a huge undertaking involving 55 000 enumerators countrywide. Mobility in the form of vehicles which have to be procured is expensive and so will be the 55 000 tablets that will be used for the first time,” he added.
Government is currently procuring the tablets that will be used by the enumerators.
“The tablets are being procured currently. Effective use of the tablets has to be tested in the field prior to the census,” Prof. Mthuli highlighted.
According to data, the country’s population is estimated to have grown from 13.4 million in 2012 to 15.9 million in 2020.