The 2012 Zimbabwe Population Census kicks off Friday with the counting of vagrants in all towns and cities throughout the country marking the beginning of the national programme.
This is the fourth since independence.
In an interview, the Harare Provincial Census Coordinator, Ms Elizabeth Banda Karinda, said all is set for the process with all the enumerators having been trained and issued with documents and equipment that they will use in the field.
Trained census co-ordinators, supervisors and enumerators who spoke to ZBC News urged all Zimbabweans to be honesty and cooperative as information of the size, distribution and characteristics of the country’s population is essential to describe and assess economic, social and demographic circumstances and to develop sound policies and programmes aimed at fostering the welfare of a country and its population.
Individual census enumerators are expected to interview between 80 and 120 households within the next 10 days.
The census questionnaire will cover such areas as population size, composition and geographic distribution including internal migration.
Other topics to be covered are education, labour force and employment as well as basic living conditions like the size of household, access to water, toilet facilities and energy for cooking.
In Zimbabwe census talk began as early as 1901, but was initially confined to non-Africans only.
The 1982 and 1992 censuses were the first census with a national coverage.