The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the suspension of the Lusaka department of National Resgistration, Passport and Citizenship offices due to the Cholera crisis.
Officers from the Ministry will only attend to emergency travel.
Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told Journalists that the suspension has come into effect due to the rising cases of Cholera in Lusaka.
Mr Kampyongo however stressed that the suspension is temporal and is in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health to prevent Cholera from spreading further emphasizing that public gatherings of more than 5 people have been banned.
“There is no need to panic as this will be temporal to allow for efforts to prevent the spread the spread of Cholera,” said Mr. Kampyongo.
“Following the invocation of the provisions of the Public Health Act by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, a Public Health Regulations Statutory Instrument 79 of 2017 has been issued to ensure that the spread of Cholera and loss of life is prevented.
“As these measures are being put in place, I wish to advise members of the Public that the National Registration, Passport and Citizenship offices in Lusaka will be closed to members of the Public until further notice. In the mean time, officers will only attend to travel emergencies.
“Members of the public will be advised, in due course, when the Offices will reopen,” said Mr Kampyongo.