Nsanje, Nsanje District has registered tremendous progress in the national identity card mass registration exercise despite challenges it faced during the early stages of the exercise.
A snap survey conducted by the Malawi News Agency (MANA) in some of the registration centers observed people coming in large numbers to get registered and some 20 centers out of 93 have closed after completing registering people in their areas.
The positive development has been accredited to National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust among other organizations which has been vigorously reaching out to communities with messages encouraging them to get registered as Malawian citizens.
NICE has been using different approaches such as edutainment, meeting the traditional and religious leaders and conducting road shows among other things to inform people on the importance of getting registered.
Commenting on the development in an interview on Tuesday, Assistant District Registrar for Nsanje Thomas Ndifitsa said that approximately 60 percent of the 151, 000 targeted people in Nsanje have already registered despite some challenges such as poor weather condition and faulty equipment.
Ndifitsa further said NICE’s mass mobilization activity has helped in ensuring that people understand the need to get registered and parry away misconceptions that some people had about the National Identity Card Registration exercise.
It is true that a total of 20 registration centers have been closed after the traditional leaders surrounding those centers confirmed that their subjects have completed registering. Not only that; these centers have been closed after beating their targets, said Ndifitsa.
According to Nsanje District NICE Civic and Education Officer, Kondwani Malunga, their mass mobilization exercises have proved to be beneficial to registration exercise as even people in hard to reach areas have managed to get registered in large numbers.
During the initial stages of the registration exercise, we got information that some people in the area of Mchacha 58 in the East Bank were reluctant to get registered as their denomination advised them not to register as it was associating the registration with 666.
However, after we reached them with the messages, they all got registered, said Malunga.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA