Chinese shun census enumerators

Census enumerators have revealed that a significant number of Chinese nationals denied enumerators access into their homes in the recently concluded census.

“I visited Chinese households and they did not want to allow me in. Some even locked their doors and spoke to me through the window. Language was also a barrier as most of them could not speak English,” said one enumerator.

It is widely believed that many Chinese nationals are living here without proper documentation and feared the census enumerators would expose them.

Meanwhile, a mapping mix up is likely to have affected the authenticity of census data as some households were skipped.

“I was surprised when my neighbor told me that they had already been counted and that the process had ended. This means that my house was skipped,” said a resident.

Population Census Manager, Washington Mapeta, said it was not possible to have a mix up as the census field mapping exercise was the major pre-enumeration activity that Zimstats carried out since May 2010.

He emphasized that they had also developed a quality assurance strategy that would be used by all supervisors and enumerators.

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