The first day of the recruitment process of registration officers and supervisors in the Malawi Government Biometric Registration process on Tuesday was marred by flaws.
In Blantyre, hundreds of people who were invited for interviews for the two positions were held for hours before the process begun.
A job seeker who declined to identify himself said the interviews were supposed to be held from 8am, but they started an hour later.
“The process was later stopped and only commenced in the afternoon. The interview room could hold only 54 candidates and looking at the number of people who were invited it was quite too small,” he said.
The interviews were held in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Balaka.
Surprisingly, some people from the Northern, Central and Eastern regions were among the interviewees in Blantyre, which raised eyebrows about how the process was arranged.
But National Registration Bureau spokesperson Norman Fulatira said the recruitment process was subcontracted.
“Yesterday (Monday) I received phone calls from people complaining on the same that some people were allocated to do interviews in regions they do not belong,” he said before asking for more time to crosscheck.
UNDP in Malawi is assisting the Government of Malawi with the establishment of a National Identification and Registration System.
By the end of this year, up to 9 million Malawians are expected to be registered and issued with biometrically national identity cards.
As part of the project, 4,000 registration officers and 200 registration supervisors will be recruited, with a 10 percent buffer for both positions.
According to Fulatira, selected individuals would undergo training from May 15, 2017 and then deployed in various districts to start phase one of the mass registration by May 24 2017.
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