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Government Receives the First 8, 520 Tablets for Census Use, More Expected – PS Chabala

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The Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of National Development Panning, has received the first 8, 520 tablets to be used in the 2020 Census of Population and Housing this year.

Ministry of National Development Panning Permanent Secretary (Development Planning and Administration) Mr. Chola Chabala said the supplier this week delivered 8, 520 tablets of the 30, 000 tablets that the Government purchased for enumerators’ use in the first-ever e-census.

Mr. Chabala said the more tablets are expected to be delivered over the weekend, and the remainder in the coming weeks.

 “The Zambia Statistics Agency, which is in the Ministry of National Development Planning, has so far received 8,520 tablets and we expect to receive about 4, 260 in the next few days which will bring the total to 12, 780 tablets. We will receive the rest soon in readiness for the census,” he said. “The Government of Zambia has bought these tablets and financed the census this far, which is confirmation of the Government’s commitment to ensure that we successfully conduct the 2020 Census of Population and Housing and collect accurate data within a shortest possible time.”

Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) official Gladys Chisha showing part of the first consignment of tablets received from the supplier that the Government of Zambia has purchased for use in the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. 9 July 2020. Lusaka. Photo | MNDP
Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats) official Gladys Chisha showing part of the first consignment of tablets received from the supplier that the Government of Zambia has purchased for use in the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. 9 July 2020. Lusaka. Photo | MNDP

He said the 2020 Census will be the first of its kind to be conducted using electronic data collection methodology. Enumerators will utilise the tablets in the field to gather and transmit data for onward compilation at the census centre.

The Permanent Secretary said the usage of tablets would enhance real time monitoring of fieldwork, thereby minimise errors and help speed up processing of results.
He said the Census will be conducted within the framework of international standards.

The Permanent Secretary explained that census of population and housing was important as it provides the Government, cooperating partners, private sector entities, individuals, and other stakeholder with accurate data to enable them plan and implement socio-economic, political and other developmental undertakings vital for national development.
Mr. Chabala said the results of the 2020 Census of Population and Housing will be cardinal in informing the formulation of the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP) for the country.

Mr. Chabala said the mapping and listing exercise has been successfully conducted.

The Permanent Secretary urged Development Cooperating Partners and private sector entities to come on board and assist the Government financially and/or in kind to successfully conduct the Census, which has crosscutting benefits for all.

ZAMSTATS is on course to successfully conduct this year’s census on population and housing. Zambia has in the past conducted a series of comprehensive Census in 1969, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010.

15 COMMENTS

    • KZ, Data collection using handheld computers has been around for a long time in Zambia. Nothing new here.

    • The fact is that this particular sector did not have that technology until now. So to this department it is an advancement in their working practices. Why can’t you just appreciate somethings in life

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  1. Luapula chiefs pack your bags to go support another corruption case over census.
    We buy those kindles for $60. Why did PF government pay $1600 each? Even if you add shipping costs, it is just too much for tablets which be full of poono.
    Yes tablets are cheaper to use than those large ledger books the poor grade 12 school leavers use, but paying nearly 2000 American dollars per peace is mind blowing.
    Publish the import papers here.

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  2. The last time we are hearing about these. Next and mysteriously a politically connected business person will be selling the same model of pads in their shop. Haha Zambia my country.
    2021 Kuya Bebele

  3. Next we will hear these tablets cost 20,000 USD each.

    What is it that a tablet does that a smart phone can not do??

    This culture of wasting money should stop now.

  4. Are these tablets coming with water, shock and dust proofing covers ?? GPS locators or trackers if lost? I have been an enumerator before and some areas are very challenging and small accidents can happen. I won’t be surprised if the rate of damage and loss are high of these gadgets ….I just hope these factors have been taken into consideration

  5. Your friends in Rwanda make those tablets there and even primary schools are equipped with tablets…….

    Beve ati good technology ? In 2020 ?

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  6. They will end up in the wrong hands as there is too much rampant stealing in PF government and country at large.

    PF must go!

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    • Jealousy will kill you. I know of few chaps who lived in diaspora who got heart attacks due to jealousy.

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    • KAIZAR ZULU, You’re a mad dog and why do you keep on posting useless things without shame. You must grow up and make sense!

      PF MUST GO!

  7. No mention of the supplier/middleman of these 30, 000 tablets or where they are coming or the cost of the contract? Just know that the cost of them must be a minimum $5000 per tablet….Please Diggers look into this supply contract…I bet you half will end up with PF campaign team and on sale via ministers proxy companies.

  8. These will be stolen by these thieves .In fact may some are already in the homes of these clueless thugs or were used to steal tax payers cash .

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