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NRB extends national registration to post offices

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By Eric Msikiti:

FLASHBACK — NRB in a National Identity cards registration exercise

National Registration Bureau (NRB) has extended the National Registration exercise to post offices in an effort to reach more people.

NRB Chief Director, Harry Kanjewe, said this on Friday, adding that at least 9 million Malawians aged between 16 years and above registered during the mass National Registration and Identification exercise that began in January 2018.

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He said 700,000 more people have been registered in the ongoing registration exercise, bringing the number of those registered to about 10 million people.

He was speaking at the weekend when NRB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC).

The MoU will see the bureau extending its services to 65 out of MPC’s 180 post offices across the country.

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“It is our belief that extending these services to post offices across the country will ensure that all Malawians easily access these critical services as we do have post offices in many places across the country, including in some hard-to-reach areas,” Kanjewe said.

Post Master General, Henry Shamu, said MPC was ready to provide space in its outlets across the country for NRB staff.

“Part of the agreement will involve face-lifting of the 65 post offices which would be part of the exercise; solar power will be installed in offices that have no access to hydro-electric power and we will also provide courier services to NRB,” Shamu said.

NRB is expected to staff the additional offices with human and technical resources apart from refurbishing them.

Malawians will then be able to go to the involved post offices to register for a National Identity Card, a birth or death certificate.

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