GOVERNMENT has warned of punitive action against citizens aiding foreigners to obtain the National Registration Cards (NRCs) through fraudulent means.
Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said any Zambian found aiding a foreigner to obtain the national identity card during on-going mobile issuance of NRCs would be prosecuted.
“It should be noted that, we have capable officers that can detect false presentations and arrest anyone that might want to use fraudulent means to obtain our national identity document,” he said.
The minister was speaking in Choma on Monday at the launch of phase-two of the mobile issuance of NRCs for Southern Province.
The NRCs are issued under National Registration Act Chapter 126 of the Laws of Zambia. Only persons who meet the registration criteria stipulated under the Act are eligible for registration.
Mr Mubukwanu urged youths who had attained 16 years and other citizens who have lost or in possession of damaged NRCs to acquire new national identity cards.
He called on officers undertaking the mobile registration exercise to work diligently in line with Government’s expectation of serving the people of Zambia.
“Any officers that might misconduct themselves during this national exercise, shall not only be withdrawn, but would be disciplined in accordance with the regulations,” he said.
He cautioned opposition leaders and other stakeholders against politicising the issuance of NRCs during the 90 days of the exercise being undertaken in the four provinces namely Southern, Lusaka, Eastern and Western.
Speaking at the same occasion, United Party for National Development (UPND) Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa urged residents to utilise the exercise to obtain the NRCs.
He hailed President Edgar Lungu for his recent directive to all parliamentarians to sensitise people in their constituencies to obtain NRCs.