During the flag off to mark the commencement of census mapping, Mr. Chiteme said the success of the previous censuses would not have been possible without collaborations from governments, cooperating partners, private institutions and the citizenry. To this effect, the World Bank funded the 2020 Census Mapping in Eastern province while the other four provinces namely Copperbelt, Luapula, North-western and Western were funded by Government.

The mapping exercise has been clustered in zones and the first phase is capturing Copperbelt, Eastern, Luapula, North-western and Western Provinces while the next phase will cover Central, Muchinga, Northern and Southern Provinces. And Zamstats Interim Statistician General (ISG) Mulenga Musepa emphasized the importance of carrying out the mapping exercise stating that failing to do so can result in an inaccurate geographic frame that can lead to inaccurate data collection and analysis of census and survey results.

Mr. Musepa disclosed that the national pilot census is expected to take place in the next few months. The ISG has since assured the nation that the Agency is geared to undertake the 2020 census exercise.

Mr. Musepa explained that in total over 40,000 tablets are needed to carry out the 2020 Census exercise. “About 45,000 tablets are needed to carry out the census and so far have 15,025 tablets have been sourced. So we need support in this area, “he said.

Mr Musepa appealed to cooperating partners to help mobilise resources to carry out the National Pilot Census and complete the mapping exercise in the remaining four provinces.

The mapping exercise which is currently underway and ZamStats is working closely with the Provincial Permanent Secretaries and District Commissioners in the 63 districts.  Meanwhile, traditional leaders in the five provinces have welcomed the census mapping exercise in their respective chiefdoms.

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