Malawi President Peter Mutharika has applauded the initiative of having National Identity Cards (IDs) saying the country is to save money.
Speaking at the launch of the National IDs program on Thursday, Mutharika said the initiative will curb malpractices such as inclusion of ghost workers in civil service that have been draining financial resources from the government and it will also help save public funds spent on other initiatives.
“The National Identity Cards will save significant amount of money that would be spent on voter registration, ” said Mutharika.
He added that the initiative will also help to bring better organization in the country.
Speaking earlier, United States ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer congratulated the country for the initiative saying national IDs are essential to public sector reforms and can help in education, health, and electoral systems Malawi government came with a solution of having national IDs following serious concerns raised in the period Malawians were without the documents.
Among the issues, Malawi has seen citizens from neighbouring countries sharing public services with Malawians under the cost of Malawi’s cash box.
With the launch of the program, government hopes that by next year Malawi will be registering every birth in the country.