Over 93 000 people, who registered for the national identity cards (IDs), will have to wait longer, because their cards are not in the consignment being distributed in the district.
National Registration Bureau (NRB) Kasungu assistant district registrar Ndindase Ng’oma confirmed there are 93 893 people whose IDs are missing due to technical hitches.
One of the residents whose card was not produced, Lufeyo Mwanza, said he is disappointed that most IDs are not yet in.
“This is worrisome, we had all the hope that by today we would get our IDs. Unfortunately, some of us our IDs are missing and we are now told that we have to wait until December. This is not fair,” he said.
The distribution of cards in Kasungu has also been marred by misallocation whereby some of the IDs are being found in other centres away from where the owners were registered or were told to collect them from.
Ng’oma said the missing IDs are not yet printed due to technical problems.
“These IDs which are missing are not yet processed as we had some technical problems, but still we are promising them that by December they will have their IDs provided. They should, therefore, still keep their registration forms safe since we have also written down their names for a proper follow-up,” he said.
Similar challenges have also been reported in Dowa and Mchinji where distribution of the cards is in progress.