Mzimba District National Registration Bureau principal registration officer Sandress Kamanga has urged people in the district to take care of national identity (IDs) cards.
He said this on Wednesday when the bureau distributed 800 national IDs in Euthini and Mbalachanda in the district.
“We urge people to take the exercise seriously because a national ID is an essential document for people to access farm inputs under the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP), register under social cash transfer programmes and get services in banks, among others,” said Kamanga.
He said the IDs were for people who registered or renewed their old ones last year.
“The exercise is in response to complaints from people in rural areas who travel long distances to collect their IDs from the district’s office. It is about 72 kilometres (km) from Mzimba Boma to Euthini and 92km from the boma to Mbalachanda,” he said.
After receiving her ID, Judith Nkhata of Widson Msuku Village, Traditional Authority Chindi said she was grateful that she will now be able to access farm inputs under AIP.
However, Samson Nyirenda of Kajembe Kumwenda Village in the area was disappointed after discovering that his ID was yet to be printed.
In response, Kamanga acknowledged the problem, but assured community members tha it has now been resolved.