President Peter Mutharika has launched the long awaited national identification cards which will among others, address challenges the country has been facing due to the absence of the documents.
Speaking at the launching ceremony Mutharika said the national cards marks a milestone for Malawi, the 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,” said Mutharika.
He said the cards bring a number of benefits to both citizens and the country as a whole.
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.”