Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila has called on religious leaders in the country to take a leading role in enlightening their congregation about the importance of having national identity cards.
Kasaila made the call over the weekend when he met Pastors’ Fraternal for Nsanje Central Constituency.
He said the clergy has an influential role in sensitizing people on various issues of development including the national registration exercise.
“These pastors’ command a large group of followers and if they are used to carry and spread the messages, then we will have a successful process,” Kasaila said.
He added that Members of Parliament (MPs) and all politicians have also a similar responsibility in sensitizing the masses on the need to register and have a national identify card.
Kasaila then took a swipe at some opposition leaders who are politicizing the registration exercise by calling for its suspension because of a few challenges that do not outweigh the whole process.
“Whatever challenges we may face in the course of implementation, the solution is not to stop it but rather to deal with them and move on,” Kasaila said.
He further trashed allegations by opposition parties that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants to use the process to rig the 2019 tripartite elections.
Kasaila reminded the political parties that the process is being done for the good of the nation as all the countries worldwide have national identity cards.
One of the pastors who attended the gathering, Pastor Ephraim Kanjunjunju, commended Kasaila for acknowledging their role on issues of national development.
Kanjunjunju said using the pastors in this process will yield necessary results.
“The church attracts a large membership and let me ask other leaders to emulate what our MP has done by providing us with this information so that we also play our role as pastors,” he said.