Zimbabwe carries out its national census every 10 years. The last one was back in 2012 and another one is due in August of 2022. This next exercise will cost Zimbabwe a whopping $85 million dollars-that’s United States dollars by the way.

This was revealed by the Finance Minister last week while he was addressing the 2022 Population and Housing Census Advocacy and Resource mobilisation breakfast.

The cost of the 2022 Population and Housing Census is expected to be covered by the Government of Zimbabwe.

However, it is likely that there will be a shortfall over the lifespan of this project, hence the need to mobilise the additional resources required, for the 2022 Population Census project with an estimated cost of about US$85,5 million.

This is a massive cost that Zimbabwe might very well be unable to meet given how the economy is performing. Right now Hon Ncube and his colleagues have been struggling to tame the runaway exchange rate.