ZimStart runs out of Census collection Data forms

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStart) in Bulawayo has run out of census data collection forms, a development which has resulted in the suspension of the exercise in some areas.

Enumerators who spoke to the Zimbabwean on Thursday said they have been told to wait for the forms from Harare.

"Most of the enumerators have run out of the data collection forms .We have been told to go back home and check with the ZimStart Bulawayo offices on Friday if the forms will be available. We do not know if we are going to be paid during this period when the forms are not available," said an enumerator who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

Another enumerator who also refused to be named accused ZimStart of poor planning.

"Surely how can ZimStart embark on such a very important national exercise when they do not have all the necessary resources in place.Thise exercise was supposed to end on the 27th of August but with this delay, I think the exercise will have to be extended," said the enumerator.

The preparations for this year's census have been marred by the involvement of soldiers who despite failing to meet the census criteria wanted a stake as census takers. Thousands of the enumerators also failed to secure full identification regalia required when conducting the exercise after suppliers reportedly run out of material for the attire. Repeated efforts to get a comment from ZimStart officials in Bulawayo were all in vein.

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