Census to cost $16 million

The National Statistic Office needs $16 million in order to conduct the next census as required under the country’s laws.

The figure according to newly appointed ZIMSTAT Director General, Dzinotyiyei Mutasa, could increase as the census could stretch for more than two weeks.

“We need $16.5 million for the full census programme which runs until 2015, but it is not only the numerical phase that we need so we may have an indaba with donor partners to ask for help in carrying out the census, it is a two pronged approach,” said Mutasa.

The organisation is currently carrying out a mapping exercise across the country. This will be followed by the enumeration phase and then collating, where statisticians will be employed.

The last census was in 2002. There are inconclusive estimates that the country now has a 14 million population, but some think this number is inflated.

Last week USAID pledged to support the census and handed over seven vehicles valued at $26 000 each to be used by ZIMSTAT.

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