LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)—At least, 95, 000 Malawians are expected to have national identity cards (IDs) in the 2016/2017 financial year, The Maravi Post has established.
This is a welcome development consideration security lapses the country is going through where foreigners reside freely due to improper identification systems.
In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post, The National Registration Bureau (NRB) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has secured MK1.5 billion to carry out the exercise in this new fiscal year plan.
Malawi government has therefore signed a contract with SELP SAS of France as the service provider who will supply equipment at Production Centre for the printing of the national IDs.
This is the second phase of the exercise after NRB successfully issues ID’s to 5,000 Malawians in pilot phase.
NRB says those aged 16 and above will be eligible for ID issuance and that sectors of the population including civil servants are on target.
“It is envisaged that after the initial phase, the NRB will embark on the second phase of registering another 95,000 Malawians from other sectors of the population including the civil service. The rest of the adult population will be registered and issued national IDs in the mass registration phases where Malawi Government and Development Partners are expected to fund the process.
“In the initial phase of the issuance of national IDs, NRB has selected a few sites in 11 districts across the country including Lilongwe, Mchinji, Dowa, Salima, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Thyolo, Mangochi, Chitipa, Mzimba and Nkhatabay.
At each site, 200 Malawians are expected to be registered and issued IDs. In the registration process, applicants will be vetted to ensure that they are bonafide citizens of Malawi. This will continue throughout all the 3 phases of the registration and issuance of IDs.
“NRB is aware of the fact that Malawians have waited for a long time and are therefore eager to be issued with national IDs. Efforts are being put in place to roll out the mass registration exercise from July 2017 depending on availability of funding from both government and development partners”, says NRB statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Norman Fulatira.