Chimwendo touring NRB offices in Blantyre

By Thandie Chadzandiyani

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda has disclosed that the validity period for national identity card has been extended to 10 years.

The development comes as over three million identity cards are expiring this year which has raised concerns among Malawian citizens as it is hard for them to access other services as they need the IDs.

Minister of Homeland security Richard Chimwendo Banda told journalists on Monday, May 10, 2021 in Blantyre that his office acknowledge challenges citizens are strangling to access public services without national IDs

“I must admit that NRB is going through a lot of challenges, the bigger challenge being the expiring of the cards which were issued by government a few years ago. The other challenge is the ability of services in the local areas, we have seen people traveling long distances only not be assisted in time.

“The ministry of finance has finally released funds that will help NRB to recruit 200 interns that will be deployed to rural areas to ease the distances for people to be assisted. This will be possible as MEC has given back the 1000 kits it borrowed from NRB,” assures Chimwendo.

In a random interview with some concerned citizens, complained of continued wasting of money that government should always issue national ID every five years

“The expiring period for IDs his was supposed to be resolved way before they started issuing them to us, now I have to use my money and waste time again just to get another ID.

“To begin with these IDs should not to have a period of validity, Why put a timeline to it when we are permanent citizens of the nation? It’s a till death do us part thing,” worried Chindano Gama from Mbayani, Blantyre.

However the Homeland Security Minister Banda assured the nation that issuing of National ID will resume within seven days.

However the minister refused to disclose the amount that has been dashed to NRB accounts.

“The new process of the IDs will start as the money that NRB requested from treasury has already reflected in their accounts.

“Malawi will be following what International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) is doing, that the Malawi Identification Card will be expiring at about 10 years,” says Chimwendo Banda.

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