LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) –Malawian President Peter Mutharia has formally launched a national identity card, which all Malawians will have to have , saying the cards bring a number of benefits to both citizens and the country as a whole.
Mutharika says national identification cards will among others, address challenges the country has been facing due to the absence of the documents, asthe only southern African country without national identification cards.
“Malawi has a national identification system. Transformation has no other name! It is when a country takes the road of new innovations that we know we are making progress,” Mutharika enthused during the launch on Thursday October 27, 26 in Lilongwe.
“Through our reforms programme we are reorganizing the systems to make them respond to needs of our citizens in as far as service delivery is concerned. This document – which will be owned by all Malawians from 16 years and above- has too many benefits that will ease life in all aspects,” said Mutharika.
He said government will be able to screen individuals before accessing public services and identify all citizens in the quest to reduce crime and improving security.
“More so, the National Identity Card will save significant amounts of money that would be spent on voter registration during elections, flush out ‘ghost workers”’and save public funds, bring better organization in various socio-economic transactions in programmes such as fertilizer subsidy, social cash transfer, banking and loan schemes.
“With us, is a national possession that will completely transform our lives positively,” said Mutharika.
He said Since the launch of the national identification in August last year, 5000 cards have been processed and printed by the National Registration Bureau with the help of development partners that include USA and UN.
US ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said the cards will “ensure that Malawians access services offered by their government like education, health while other nationals will be required to pay like how it is done in other countries.”