SOME National Registration Bureau (NRB) workers who are conducting registration exercise in Mzuzu City are demanding food and other basic necessities from block leaders for their survival, The Sunday Times can reveal.
Block leader for Chibanja Northnorth within Chibanja Ward Evans Zgambo confirmed the development arguing it has become a burden to the communities.
He said since some workers came without proper arrangement by NRB officials, the personnel were stranded and they demanded total support from the communities.
“We just heard that NRB officials want to meet us all block leaders. We rushed their only to hear that they are starting the registration. “However we were surprised because their workers had even no food. They asked us [to provide the basics like electricity and food] and the communities being responsible to pay the bills. We are in urban communities and it is tough to solicit money [to meet the demands],” Zgambo said.
His complaints were also echoed by the Ward’s Development Chairperson Manase Chunga. “We have unanswered questions on this matter. We do not know if the NRB indeed pay its workers in time. We know that these people receive allowances for accommodation and food. Why should they look up to us [for support]?” Chunga queried.
NRB spokesperson Norman Fulatira said the development might be happening but in isolated centres. Fulatira agreed with Chunga that the officers get allowances and demanding food from the community is a serious issue that requires discipline.
“I hope this is an isolated issue which requires us to find out, otherwise once we find the truth on the matter, such officers are likely to be disciplined.
“We ask the communities to tip us once they come across the officers who are asking for support because that is contrary to what they signed in the contract,” Fulatira said.
However, one of the workers tipped The Sunday Times that they are begging from the community because NRB is not paying them in time.
“Sometimes we go to the bank but we do not find money. Sometimes the banks give us access to get small amount of money when the cheques are not cleared. What do they expect us to do apart from begging?” the source queried.
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