Zimbabwe is set to conduct the Fifth Population and Housing Census in August 2022, with the exercise expected to cost $1,4 billion.
This was revealed by Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) director-general, Taguma Mahonde while addressing a press conference in Harare recently. He said:
To successfully plan for economic and social development and carry out an administrative activity or scientific research, it is necessary to have reliable and detailed data on the size, composition, distribution and other benchmark statistics on the population.
The census provides this much-needed information. However, the census is very costly to undertake and this is why it is conducted every 10 years.
Thorough and careful planning is required to ensure that the programme is implemented effectively and efficiently.
Before conducting the Population and Housing Census, it is a requirement that a cartographic census mapping exercise is carried out.
Mahonde further disclosed that ZimStat is already doing the mapping exercise where every ward is divided into enumeration areas by people physically on the ground.
Zimbabwe’s population was 12 973 808 when the previous census was conducted in 2012.
Since then, the population is estimated to have ballooned to around 17 million people.