The training of enumerators for next week's population census will resume on Saturday following a 'clear all' meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and security sector Ministers in Harare.
The training for over 31,000 enumerators was suspended on Thursday when members of the uniformed forces disrupted the exercise, demanding that they be included in the count.
But on Friday it was reported that Mutambara had had a marathon meeting with Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and co-Home Affairs Ministers Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi and it was decided the training had to resume without delay.
The meeting was also attended by Acting Finance Minister Gorden Moyo and several key stakeholders in the program. Moyo told journalists at a news conference he shared with Mutambara Friday that enumerators will go back to their stations from Saturday.
'The training will be conducted from Saturday until Tuesday. We want to take advantage of the Heroes and Defence forces holiday to ensure the training is done. The census exercise will go ahead as planned between the 17th and 18th of this month,' Moyo said.
Earlier Mutambara said that government had put its house in order, following what he termed a productive meeting with the security ministers.
'As you know there has been discord and disharmony in the last few days but following this meeting, we've managed to harmonize and coordinate among ourselves to ensure we embark on a credible journey that will guarantee a credible outcome of the census,' Mutambara said.
However, both Mutambara and Moyo were evasive in disclosing how they resolved the issue of the uniformed forces' involvement in the census.
The armed forces, controlled by Robert Mugabe's powerful Junta, wanted 10,000 of their men and women to be part of the 31,000 enumerators.
But government only approved just over 1,500 officers from the army, state intelligence, prison service and the police.
At the press conference Moyo insisted that his meeting with the security sector ministers was in harmony with the cabinet directive that only 1,500 officers will take part in the exercise.