12 December 2017
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No shortcuts in national ID distribution, head teachers told

Written by  Yamikani Sabola
NRB officials checking NID boxes NRB officials checking NID boxes

Dedza, November 25, 2017: Dedza District Council has urged head teachers who will be distributing national identity cards in the district to conduct the exercise with the seriousness it deserves and avoid shortcuts that may mess up the activity.

Assistant District Registrar (ADR) for Dedza, Boniface Butawo, said in an interview on Thursday that national identity cards are personal documents and should be handed directly to the registrants, hence people should not be allowed to collect them on behalf of the owners.

“Registrants are supposed to go to the centres where they registered and collect the cards for themselves. National identity cards are personal documents and some details on them such as ID numbers are supposed to be confidential,” he said.

He said the distribution period will run for 21 calendar days and registrants who fail to collect their cards during the period can collect them later at the District Registration Office (DRO).

“All cards not collected after the distribution period of 21 days will be collected back from the head teachers and will be kept at the District Registration Office for continued issuance,” he said adding that all identity cards for people who are deceased should also be returned to his office.

Officer in Charge for Dedza Police, Emmie Soko, concurred with Butawo, saying identity cards are sensitive documents which crooked people may easily tamper with to use for criminal purposes.

She said they have recorded cases where criminals have used other people’s identity cards to commit various offences.

Dedza has received the first batch of national identity cards for 372,000 people out of 422,000 who registered during the mass registration exercise in the district, according to Butawo.

He said the remaining 50,000 identity cards have not yet been printed but gave an assurance that they would be ready in January next year (2018).

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