Malawi approves K1.5 bn to school populace on national IDs

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has announced it has secured K1. 5 billion as starter pack to school the citizenry on the process of getting national identity cards (IDs).

National ID: Sample

National ID: Sample

The Ministry says its department of National Registration Bureau (NRB) got the approval through the current parliamentary sitting of the 2015/2016 budget meeting.

In a statement, the Ministry says the allocation will be used by NRB to test procedures, training, logistical challenges as well as capacity issues.

Malawi government has signed a contract with Self SAS of France as the service provider who will supply and install equipment at the production centre for the printing of the cards, according to Norman Fulatira – the Ministry’s public relations officer.

Fulatira said that “only 5 000 Malawians have been targeted to enable NRB learn lessons from a smaller number before embarking on registering the rest of the population aged 16 and above.”

It is envisaged that after the initial phase, 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 with IDs in the mass migration phase where government and its development partners are expected to fund the process.

According to Nyasa Times sources, in the initial phase of issuance of eleven districts Lilongwe, Mchinji, Dowa, Salima, Blantyre, Chikhwawa, Thyolo, Mangochi, Chitipa, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay will be considered.

“In the registration process, applicants will be vetted to ensure they are bonafide citizens of Malawi,” said Fulatira.

Malawians have not had national identity cards since independence from Britain in 1964, a thing which have caused problems on a number of occasions including elections.

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i seriously hate this idea…tiunikilepo bwino before you start this campaign…people need to be sensitised..sikuti pangalephere ma disadvantage pamenepa.

Cash Gate

Ine ndalama ndilibe


REMOVE EXPIRY DATE. ON ID, why should it expire?????????? It will become another money making scheme.


Another cash gate


achotse expire dateyo .. zachamba ai, business pompa

chilungamo chimawawa

expiry date for what? this is a day light robbery for DPP coz they may need a fee in future for renewing kkkkkkkkk


National ID imakhalanso mdi expiry date?


tizayambanso kulipira tu izi


kufuna kutibera basi amwene nanga tinenso kuti chani. Akufuna tizipanga renew mkumaripiranso. Umbava wakula ku Malawi ndi boma lomwe. But the design of the card is really unprofessional. The government needs to rethink this design and maybe look at our neighboring countries IDs and start from there.

Andy Mwale

Ine dabwiiiinso! Aziti nkhope yanu yapanga expire mutenge chipaso chinyake!


very good observation why put expiry date, it means they will keep spending money to renew them.

finale wa kabaza (cargo rider)

chemali iyo ndi sample chabe mukuiona pa chibaluwayo

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