On August 10, 2022, iVerify Zambia received a message through its Tipline claiming that Chipata District Commissioner (DC) Elidah Tyson Mwanza and Chipata Mayor George Mwanza invited people who did not receive invitation SMs from ZAMSTATS to attend the census aptitude tests. The sender of the message also claimed that most of those who were selected to train as enumerators were those who were invited by the Mayor and the DC.
IVerify Zambia has established as false assertions that the Mayor and DC had invited people who did not receive invitation SMs from ZAMSTATS to attend census aptitude tests and that most of these are the ones who were recruited to train as enumerators.
But when contacted, the DC dismissed the allegations. She told iVerify Zambia in an interview that all those who took the aptitude tests had applied to ZAMSTATS and were invited by the organisation and not herself or the mayor. Ms Mwanza explained that while text messages informing applicants of the venue and date of the aptitude tests were given to everyone who applied as enumerators, some applicants did not receive the text messages but were, however, allowed to sit for the aptitude tests and therefore this had nothing to do with her or the mayor.
In conclusion, the claim that Chipata Mayor, George Mwanza and Chipata District Commissioner Elidah Tyson Mwanza invited people who did not receive SMs from ZAMSTATS to attend Census aptitude tests and that most of these were the ones selected for training is false.