|Census preps hit stormy waters|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00|
Takunda Maodza Senior Reporter
The situation was reportedly the same at most centres countrywide where police in riot gear barred people from accessing the venues.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena could not be drawn to comment on the issue last night.
Confusion reined after the Ministry of Finance, which oversees the census, announced the suspension of the training of enumerators at a hastily-convened Press conference on Monday evening.
Acting Finance Minister Gorden Moyo confirmed that the census had a false start following disagreement among civil servants on the composition of who should partake in the process.
Scores of prospective enumerators yesterday milled around the venues amid reports that MDC-T, from which the Finance Minister is drawn, sought to hijack the process for political reasons and was averse to having members of the security forces taking part for fear of exposure.
Minister Moyo announced the suspension of training, raising the ire the prospective enumerators.
“Tomorrow (today), we are registering 30 000 enumerators across the country and they will start training those who will meet our criteria.”
He said those who would be recruited must be holders of diplomas or degrees as the process involves the use of complicated questionnaires.
Minister Moyo, however, said enumerators from the security services would take part in the actual counting of people, but in barracks, police stations and prisons.