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Misconceptions mar national ID project

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Misconceptions are dogging the yet to begin mass registration of Malawian citizens for issuance of national identity cards, with people in Nkhotakota describing it as the beginning of the biblical “mark of the beast”.

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Nkhotakota District Civic Education Officer, James Mumba, said the misconceptions are so far the main challenges being encountered during awareness campaigns currently underway.

“When we move around the areas disseminating the messages about the exercise, people are getting the facts wrong by claiming that this is all about the biblical 666.

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“But these are some of the misconceptions we want to clear out during this period of civic educating the masses,” Mumba said.

He said they are leaving no stone unturned in their awareness campaigns so that people understand the concept.

“We are using every available means to make sure that the public is sensitised to what the whole exercise is all about. We are pleased that people are now able to understand the message,” he said.

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Nkhotakota is among the six districts where the registration will take place in the first phase of the programme.

The registration begins tomorrow in Mchinji and Ntchisi. Salima and Dowa will rollout the exercise on May 27. And in Nkhotakota and Kasungu, the registration commences on May 30.

Government through National Registration Bureau under the Ministry of Home Affairs is carrying out the exercise which will see every Malawian having the national identity card to be used for multiple purposes.

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