Malawi National IDs by end of this year requires $3m – Minister

Malawi government through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has said national identity cards (IDs) will be available to all Malawians by the end of this year.

Chibingu: GThis year Malawians will have their IDs

Chibingu: GThis year Malawians will have their IDs

However, the issuing process requires K1.3 billion ($3 million) as upfront payment to roll out IDs project and a commitment for the next three years of the project.

Currently, Malawi is the only country in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) bloc without national IDs.

The absence of these national IDs is said to be according unscrupulous foreign nationals to obtaining and abusing the country’s passport, among other government documents.

“At the moment, we will be putting up adverts to find subcontractors to carry out this exercise or registering about eight to 10 million people.

“We are in the initial stages, but by the end of this year, the exercise will have to be completed,” said Paul Chibingu, Home Affairs Minister.

He further said they will also be setting up birth registration data centre at National Registration Bureau (NRB) and three district offices, then the registration of births in district hospitals and other health facilities in Chitipa, Ntcheu and Blantyre.

The Minister also said NRB will be providing up-to-date bio-data through what he claimed as an “efficient and effective” process to foster positive identification of all bonafide Malawians and resident foreigners to achieve socio-economic development.

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Charles Victor

Goverment is failling to buy passport booklets how will they manage that?. It’s a month now since immigration offices run out of these booklets. Please help us we have important journey that will help to develop our nation.


Tidzava mpaka liti nkhani ya ma ID.The 3k they are mentioning half of it will go into their pockets through dirty partnerships with the companies who will be doing this.They will pick companies of their choice not on merit in turn these ID’S will land in foreigners hands.A failed nation where corrupt people and criminals are in big positions and no body can touch them.

Jebison Slindine Nyoni
Jebison Slindine Nyoni

Mbuzi of minister of a lying govt. How different is this issue from JB. CCTV footage???


Same rackets. You can tell when people are reviving tuna dhilu tawo ta kale kale lija. This is a great idea , but what is driving the transaction is not the idea ,no, its the racket and as evidence just see how shambolic it will turn out …. Fuck is wrong with anthu Inu …. Eh ?

Yes Good welcome news but don’t forget the Malawians in the diaspora. They need to take their IDs from embassies. Be wary of corruption, we shouldn’t end up with one person having multiple ids and ghost voting over and over. I wonder the criteria used to pick Chitipa, Blantyre and ntcheu. Wonder for us older people,are we going to register our births at these offices or hospitals or Is this just for the new generation whose births may have been recorded. I know ids are a big topic in UK but they have other efficient means of catching people despite… Read more »

“0 years still talking about IDs. I guess these govts are not serious.


bravo minister. this is a welcome idea. foreigners have taken advantage of our lack of ids to rob us of services and opportunities in our own country. i have seen many foreigners getting into our universities under government scholarship .
this is a welcome move


This is useless idea mukulephera kuthandixa athu akusowa pokhalao ndye mukufuna 3 million kuti mupangire zanuzo zoti azakhala nazo ndi only foregners


Zikatheka izi mudzayambe mwadula chala cha Izirael 2013 ndipo kenako mudzadule chaine.Mundipeza pano paRSA.


I bet this is going to be called idgate as there will be corruption to the highest degree. it’s 50 years since independence and we still don’t have id’s now this report seems to think the only reason why we need id’s is to stop foreigners getting Malawi passports? what a load of crap.

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