National Registration Bureau bows down to pressure, raises perks for officers

The National Registration Bureau (NRB)—a government agency that has been mandated to produce national identity cards for Malawi citizens—has raised perks for officers working under the scheme after they threatened to down tools over shoddy allowances.

Minister of Civic Education, Cecilia Chazama interacting with registration clerks

Registration officers who were getting K120 000 per phase will now be getting K175 000 while supervisors who were getting K150 000 per phase will be carting home K205 000.

The raise in the perks has been enabled with support from Malawi government’s development partners.

In a statement released on Monday, UNDP chief technical advisor, Tariq Malik, said the donor partners for the registration exercise have played “a crucial role” in the decision.

He said the increase will be effective beginning Phase 2.

“The decision represents a lump sum per phase increase that will remain fixed and will not be subject to further review for the duration of the campaign.

“The payments are for completion of an entire phase, not number of days. The mass registration consists of five phases,” said Malik.

He said it is pertinent to note that each registration staff was paid K50 000 for attending a four-day intensive course on biometrics and K10 000 between the phases as transition allowance on top of the lump sum payment.

4 200 staff are expected to be trained in the course, a thing Malik described as a great investment in the country’s youth.

“All stakeholders greatly value the dedication and hard work by all registration personnel that has already made the launch of the registration exercise successful and trust that this high level of performance will be sustained until the end of the National Registration campaign,” he said.

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