Edith Z. Nawakwi FDD President.
Edith Z. Nawakwi
FDD President.

Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) President Edith Nawakwi says the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs) is a farce and has called on the Minister of Home Affairs to put his house in order.

Speaking from Kembe Constituency Ms. Nawakwi explained that the officers who have been sent to conduct the registration exercise are not serious and that some officers have turned the exercises into a money making venture.

The opposition leader said the officers in Kembe constituency were charging citizens who have lost their NRCs and would like to replace K50 for a police report when everyone knows that a report is suppose to be free during mobile registration.

“The mobile issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs) is farce. The officers who have been sent to do the exercise are not serious. We want to refer to the places where we have been to inspect and we have been to Kembe and some parts of Kapiri and what we find is common in the places we have been to.

Police officers specifically in Kembe Constituency stationed at Chiyuni Police Post have been extorting money from citizens who have lost their NRCs and want to replace them. The police are arguing that to give a police report one has to pay them K50 and as such have been extorting money from the villagers to the tune of K50 for each report that is given out to issue a National Registration Card,” Ms. Nawakwi said.

Ms. Nawakwi called on the Minister of Home Affairs to put house in order by announcing that there is no requirement for any payments during the mobile registration period.

“The Minister of Home Affairs should be serious enough and make the following announcements that during the period within which NRCs are being issued there is no requirement to pay any fee to get a report because we know that in normal times the fee is only K10 now the police have hiked it to K50 as a way of extorting money from unsuspecting villagers.

If the Minister wants he should call my office I will take him to Chiyuni and present to him the people who have lost money at the unscrupulous hands of evil policemen stationed at Chiyuni Police Post with the help of some officers from Prospect Hill in Kabwe,” she said.

She further accused the police officers at Chiyuni Police Post of introducing “shishita” to further extort money from the villagers as they are made to pay K150 for them to be released in the morning after being arrested in the night.

“This is for the Minister of Home Affairs and his group, in Chiyuni itself the police men have introduced what they call shishita just last week they rounded up 33 innocent citizens and accused them of loitering in the villages and each one is being charged K150 for loitering.

These evil acts perpetrated by the public service who are suppose to be servants of the people is symptomatic of the looting that is going on in the Patriotic Front Government under President Edgar Lungu. It is very clear that to stop this scourge we need a Tsunami in the country, how else does one explain extorting money from an 87 year old man in the village who simply wants to vote next year? This is the same behavior were the country is being robbed huge sums of money by Ministers who travelling business class and travelling with their spouses at government expense,” Ms. Nawakwi said.

And opposition leader accused the National Registration office of treating the exercises like a picnic as the officers are not publicizing their whereabouts once they arrive in an area adding that any exercise of this magnitude requires full publicity.

“The National Registration office is treating exercise as if it was a picnic; first, there is no announcement from anywhere or anyone in the villages where this exercise is being under taken. These officers arrive in the morning and by afternoon they pack up their bags and live to go to their next station.

In fact in the same Kembe Constituency at Nachiyaba polling station in Chikobo ward they just arrived there for 4 hrs and then they took off and say there is no one here but they had not even informed the headmen nor informed the chiefs or even made any attempts to do publicity through Zambia Information Service ZANIS,” she said.

She observed that it was imperative for the traditional leadership in the country to fully participate in the exercise saying “what know ourselves is that an exercise of this magnitude there is suppose to be full publicity and in order to publicize this exercise the chiefs and their headmen must be involved. If the government doesn’t have money to engage ZANIS it is imperative that every chief is requested instruct village headmen and women under their jurisdiction to treat this exercise as matter of life and death.”

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Madam Nawaki. We knew then and we know now that PF is incompetent, inept and corrupt. They thrive on the ignorance of the electorate, but time will catch up with them

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    • VERY GOOD NAWAKWI FOR REPORTING WHAT U HAVE SEEN. WE APPRECIATE, JUST DON’T MAKE IT LOOK LIKE U WANT TO VIEWED AS A STAR OR QUEEN OF REPORTING GRAFT. THANKS FOR THE REPORT. I THINK THE GRZ WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE

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    • I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A KID, I HAD A HABIT OF REPORTING BAD ALWAYS, CONCERNING MY SIBLINGS, SO THAT I SHOULD BE MY PARENT’S FAVORITE, UNFORTUNATELY IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. MY SIBLINGS DID MANY NICE THINGS THAT I DID NOT REPORT ABOUT AND MY PARENTS SAW THAT. THEY TRIED TO HELP ME ADJUST MY VIEW OF MY SIBLINGS, AND HERE I AM.

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    • This has nothing to do with pf. In one CB town the incharge is Tonga and very much Upnd and completely corrupt when issuing registration cards

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  2. Why is police not arresting this woman for violating the public order act? She keep campaigning even when she has no permit etc? Will there ever be justice in Zambia?

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    • The Public Order Act only applies to HH. Nawakwi is free to conduct her business anywhere and anyhow!

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  3. VERY GOOD NAWAKWI FOR REPORTING WHAT U HAVE SEEN. WE APPRECIATE, JUST DON’T MAKE IT LOOK LIKE U WANT TO VIEWED AS A STAR OR QUEEN OF REPORTING GRAFT. THANKS FOR THE REPORT. I THINK THE GRZ WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE

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  4. No matter how much they adopt Western culture, they will always be perceived as foreign because of the way they look.

    That is why Dual-citizenships should be allowed for all Black Africans!

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  5. Well done but you should identify the culprits so that they can be arrested. General condemnation will not help. This isn’t a partisan issue it concerns us all

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  6. Its finished, Edgar Lungu is a failed president. Let him resign or fire his minister of Home affairs.

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  7. The truth is Nawakwi is just politicking! police report has always been K50! This kind of politics is what makes our country remain behind when someone is issued an important document like NRC for free they need to take good care of it! government cant continue issuing free NRCs perpetually to an individual they need to pay so that they don’t loose them again! All people want is free this free that at the end of the day its my tax that pays for all these free things! Grow up Madam Nawakwi!!!!

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    • What nonsense! Mhtangambeta so it is right for you that the officers are getting money illegally. If you want the government to charge for the issuing of National Registration Cards there should be a set fee so that people are aware, even though the officers will still claim for more money. You are the calibre of people causing corruption and bribery in this country, with a lasses afire attitude.
      What Nawakwi has brought up is a pertinent issue and no upstanding citizen would see it as politicking.

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  8. It really pays to have opposition leaders like mama Nawakwi.You are doing a good job by keeping checks and balances.Thank God you were not arrested for visiting your area.This undemocratic PF attitude of locking up opposition leaders is scary and uncivilized.

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  9. Bt madam why cnt u report to acc if u r very sure abt that? Why reportin to the media? Thats y I hav stopped takin u serious

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  10. Ba Mwila wesu,
    I conquer with you totally. Mama Nawakwi can do better than what she is doing. She does not realise that the moment she will report the culprits to relevant law agents, she will triple her famousness.
    Madam Nawakwi just try once & you will grow bigger & faster, unless your information is half baked.

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  11. People sale nrc at k50 to opposition parties. That’s why police charge them k50 for a report to get another card. The loser is a politician who spends money to buy off cards to disadvantage voters and yet its them who end up losing elections

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  12. ‘Donchi kubeba’ PF deceptive tag.
    Thought deception culture would be insulated from them once in power.
    Wakalema taleka.

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  13. Even if she reports she will never be president of Zambia. Fit to be in opposition forever. However, police officers also take advantage of ignorance and end up quoting wrong chapters from Government documents to intimidate and sent shiver into the suspect!

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