Mutharika set for Malawi IDs project launch on Thursday, Mulhakho festival Sunday

Malawi President Peter Mutharika will now go ahead to launch the national identity cards (IDs) project on  Thursday after the event was cancelled las week amidst health rumours.

Mutharika at the Mulhakho event last year
Mutharika at the Mulhakho event last year

Secretary to President anf Cabinet, George Mkondiwa said on Monday that the  function which was postponed last weke Wednesday will go ahead with Mutharika presiding.

The President, will  launch the project at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, according to Mkondiwa.

The national IDs will address the challenges Malawians have long faced due to the absence of the documents.

Malawi is the only country in southern Africa without such IDs for its citizens.

The ID’s project is a milestone of the Mutharika government as Malawians currently use driving licenses, passports, and in some cases voter registration certificates as proof of their citizenship in places and institutions where identification is needed.

Meanwhile, Mkondiwa also disclosed that Mutharika will attend  Mulhakho wa Alhimwe annual festival at Chondeun Mulanje district on Sunday.

According to organisers of the festival, they are  distilling drums of Masese beer and Kachasu aside purchasing two truckloads of Chibuku opaque beer in readiness for the carnival.

Administrative Secretary of Mulhakho wa Alhomwe, Muchanakwaye Mpuluka  said the annual celebrations promote their culture and brings together all the Lhomwes across the country and beyond.

Mpuluka also said they have extended invitations to other cultural tribes and that the celebrations’ itinerary will be ready by the end of this month.

Members of this cultural grouping are spread across the country, but they highly concentrated in the shire district of Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Blantyre and Zomba.

Mulhako wa Alhomwe was formed on October 25 2008 to provide exposure to cultural traditions of the Lhomwe tribe.

The group’s main focus is to expose children and people from other tribes and countries, to the ethnic customs such as dance, drumming, storytelling, poetry, tribal history, arts and crafts as a means of promoting self-esteem, creativity and preservation of the Lhomwe tribal customs.

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khalid seleman
5 years ago

I think this will be a good idea, but one thing you need to know is that, I D is not for sale we don’t want someone to collect money on reception. If the country has no money please find other to make their own business, this project must be free.

Abeat Minthu
5 years ago

Is this a priorite? ???? Why not electricity and water which is very important for the nation development and investing. Malawians have livet withiout nation IDs for decade Iam sure that can wait. Hej can fix most important things first. NO I know and everyone know Why IDS is needed now the time of critical economic fall. He wants money. To collect money. IDS people has To pay just like passports and travelling domucuments. This is like time of one party MCP when people were forced To buy MCP cards. Malawians He is fooling u. His brother changed the original… Read more »

HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja?
HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja?
5 years ago

Mixture between Mulhakho activities and govt. activities. One za Mlakho ndi zamasewera, National ID project is the project of every one, not for Lhomwes. When will Malawi do right things at the right time.

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