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Ministry of Home Affairs Orders Private Organisations Monitoring National Mobile Registration to Disband

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The Ministry of Home Affairs has warned some Organisations that have given themselves the task to monitor the recently launched National Mobile Registration exercise, to disband their groups and give space to the deployed officers to carry out the national exercise.

Ministry spokesperson Nephas Chifuta says the Mobile Registration exercise is an ordinary operation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, under the Department of National Registration Passport and Citizenship and does not call for external monitoring by any other organisation.

Mr Chifuta says the Ministry of Home Affairs has its own internal system to appraise the exercise and has a mechanism to identify and revisit areas where issuance of identity cards should be enhanced or repeated.

He said the Ministry shall not tolerate any interference in the operations of the on-going Mobile Registration exercise and any person or organisation who will be found obstructing Registration officers shall be arrested and charged accordingly.

Mr Chifuta said there is no organisation that has been accredited by the Ministry of Home Affairs to carry out the monitoring exercise.

He said Police officers deployed in all registration centres are therefore, directed to deal firmly with any form of intimidation or interference from any person or organisation purporting to be accredited monitors for the exercise.

Mr Chifuta has appealed to all the stakeholders to encourage children who have attained the age of 16 and above to obtain the National Registration Cards and those whose National Registration Cards need replacement should be encouraged also to appear before registration officers whilst they are in the area.

He said the registration officers shall not be selective of who should be issued with the identity cards, however, the only requirement is to meet the required age.

Mr Chifuta said those without birth certificates or Under Five Clinic Cards are also encouraged to obtain the National Registration Cards, as long as one is able to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that he/she has attained the required age.

And Mr Chifuta said the Ministry is disappointed by the intimidating behaviour and interference being orchestrated by some Members of Parliament in North Western Province who stormed a registration centre and asked Registration officers unnecessary questions.

He said the Parliamentarian was accompanied by a large group of cadres from a known opposition political party, who illegally took photographs of the Registration officers.

“Furthermore, the Ministry wishes to correct the misinformation circulating in some sections of the media that Government has not paid Registration officers who participated in the 2015 Mobile Registration”, he added.

Mr Chifuta said the exact position is that Government has paid all the officers that took part in the exercise from North- Western and Luapula provinces.

He said Government has also cleared a large number of officers from the Copperbelt Province and has only remained with about 207 officers who could not be cleared due to some technical challenges and change of bank accounts.

“We appeal to the source of the misleading information to always consult the Ministry of Home Affairs before issuing public statements to avoid misleading the general public”, he added.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Dictatorial tendencies everywhere with this government. Why are you bothered if people are monitoring. What if someone wants to do a research on this process. I swear come 2021, if Zambians do the wrong thing, we are the next Zimbabwe.

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  2. I told you ..that you can not trust Kamponygo with such an exercise …please continue monitoring what is there to hide?

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  3. You can monitor an election and no one has ever stopped opposition doing so. However this is a government process and we cannot have government workers being threatened or working with fear due to thugs from opposition creating insecure environment. It has dawned on the upnd that this is hh last election if they ever want to stand a chance of leading. The upnd members know this deep down but are scared to speak up to their one man party funder. All this is coming from hh due to desperation. He is finished

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  4. The public has lost confidence in the government of the day – Police are being assaulted, intimidated, beaten and threatened by PF cadres ask, Kamba Lusaka PF fimo fimo. Zambians have organised themselves to monitor registration exercise going on to prevent Congolese to register.

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  5. Muna Zambians lost confidence in the upnd after mazokas death. What is hh still doing. We have won elections what more confidence do we need?

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