NRB work gets a boost

Government is receiving 84 motorcycles from its development partners that are initially to be used for the distribution of the new Biometric identity (ID) cards to all the card collection centres in the country.

At a ceremony at Nkhata Bay District Commissioner’s office yesterday, the ambassador of Ireland to Malawi Gerry Cunningham handed over four motorbikes to the district.

Cunningham (R) makes a symbolic handover of the motorcycles to Kang’ombe as Chiumia (2nd R) looks on

They were received by the Minister for Home Affairs and Internal Affairs Grace Chiumia and the National Registration Bureau (NRB) chief director Tresphore Kang’ombe.

“These motorbikes symbolis for me that this project will do whatever it takes to get the job done. To defeat the difficult terrain, the bad roads, and soon the conditions of the rainy period, the NRB and its partners have decided to provide each district of the country with bikes like these,” Ambassador Cunningham said.

The 84 motorcycles will be distributed to all 28 district councils in the country.

In her remarks, Chiumia said the motorbikes will ease transportation challenges not only for the distribution of the national ID cards, but also during the reminders of the mass registration to serve citizens in areas that are particularly hard to reach.

“It is against this background that government is grateful to all Development Partners that support the NRIS project for the timely provision of these motorcycles to the district registration offices in all the 28 district councils,” said Chiumia.

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