Malawi to roll out ID card project 2016 –Mutharika

Malawi will roll out its national identity project next year on a pilot basis but in 2017 all citizens will have ID cards, said President Peter Mutharika in the capital, Lilongwe on Friday where he delivered an opening address at the start of the 46th session of parliament on Friday.

Mutharika in the House

Mutharika in the House

The government is expected to contract private firms of international repute to carry out jobs that involve technical expertise in the development of a computerised national identification and registration system.

The system will ensure that all Malawians above 16 years of age and resident foreigners have identity card

“ Government has commenced the process of issuing National Identity Cards,” Mutharika told the 193-member house.

“ We intend to issue the first 5,000 ID cards by February 2016 on a pilot basis. The issuance of ID cards to all citizens will be rolled out in 2017,” he said.

Mutharika said Malawi , which has a population of over 16 million,” has waited for this important facility for too long.”

The project is also meant to enable government and stakeholders to process the country’s emigration and immigration data.

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Fathi Shehaab

Am worried coz Nationals eill have to conyribute on costs maybe more than USd2….koma validy l
period shud be mora than 10yrs for. malawians and Foreign residents renewable every 2yrs…..

Fathi Shehaab

Ids why pilot it must be done now hope govt womt lp us wiz codt over usd two and vslidity period less zan 24months. A goodwell gomdwe bwimo bwino!


Let’s hope they don’t use the ID for rigging in 2019 the Zimbabwe way…


Ok, that’s a welcome development but consider wisely malawians abroad.


It is has been long overdue to have IDs.
Lets hope this will materialize

Gerald mapanga Phiri

That is the best speech I get from him if it’s not one of those lip services. Kamuzu didn’t do it, Bakili didn’t, Bingu and Joice didn’t. But I deserve my words for now

Jamison Chagwa Lungu

Ma rubbish business. Let’s all get IDs to get rid of sex pests and criminals. Rubbish!


Malawi is the only country in southern africa without national identity cards, plz dont just talk make it a reality.

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