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NRB, NICE strengthen Chikwawa community structures for national ID program

Written by  Steve Chirombo

Chikwawa, July 17, 2017: The National Registration Bureau (NRB) and National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) offices in Chikwawa have trained over 40 Nice Community Civic Educators in preparation for the coming mass registration exercise for the national identification program.

The volunteers came from all Area Development Committees (ADCs) as well as wards in the district who were drilled on their roles as volunteer structures to take a leading role in mobilizing the people for the mass registration exercise expected to start in the district on July 24, 2017.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the trainings on Friday, Chikwawa Civic Education Officer, Joseph Chamambala, said his organization believed that their strength lays in their volunteer structures and they believed if volunteer structures were trained, they will be able to go out in the communities and disseminate necessary information.

“Basically, Nice and the District National Registration Bureau thought of engaging our volunteer structures so that they go out to mobilize the communities much as we appreciate that we do not have adequate funding to effect civic education mass registration,” said Chamambala.

He said as Nice, in collaboration with NRB, with support from other stakeholders, has lined up a number of activities to make the mass registration exercise a success.

“We have a number of activities that we would want to undertake to mobilize the communities to participate in the mass registration and some of the strategies that we intend to do include visiting all the ADC committees where we would like to visit traditional leaders as well as conducting some rallies in all the T/As," he said.

Moreover, he said they want to conduct some whistle stops in strategic areas such as the market places and other hot spots where they feel a lot of people gather for various reasons.

“I would like to encourage communities in the district to come and register so that they benefit from the IDs that will be produced by the Malawi government,” concluded Chamambala.