Zimstat gets new boss

The Zimbabwe Central Statistics Agency (Zimstat) has a new director, Dzinotizei Mutasa, formerly Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

USAID Director Melissa Williams and ZIMSTAT director Dzinotyiyei Mutasa.
USAID Director Melissa Williams and ZIMSTAT director Dzinotyiyei Mutasa.

Zimstat has been accused of dishing out misleading information about Cost Of Living and inflation figures which used to be regularly disputed by analysts and economists.

In March, 2008 when Zimbabwe's inflation had soared to more than 231 million percent, a world record, the CSO mysteriously stopped issuing monthly inflation statistics.

It was then led by Moffat Mpofu who is now deputy director at Zimstat.

"I hope our recently appointed director brings to Zimstat new thinking just as he has brought new vehicles to the organisation," Mpofu said in Harare on Friday after handing over the microphone to his new boss, Mutasa.

USAid donated seven 4X4 vehicles and buses to facilitate key surveys and censuses critical to Zimbabwe's economic growth and investment climate.

Mutasa said Zimstat would use the vehicles in the implementation of the Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Survey, the National Census, and the Annual Vulnerability Assessments, among other official duties.

Another five vehicles will be donated by USAid in the next 60 days – part of a larger US government technical assistance project supporting the work of both Zimstat and the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit.

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