4 November 2016 Last updated at: 9:00 AM

Foreigners to be paying for Malawi IDs

The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has defended its decision to offer Malawian national identity cards to foreigners residing in the country saying the foreigners will be paying for the IDs.

This follows concerns from different individuals and other stakeholders who opposed the decision to offer the national identity cards to foreigners saying it will just cost government money which is not good considering Malawi’s economic situation.

Malawi National IDs

Malawi National IDs to include foreigners?

But reacting to the concerns, NRB publicist Norman Fulatira said people should not be worried since the constitution allows the bureau to offer IDs to foreigners who are legally residing in Malawi.

“The Registration Act of 2010 orders NRB to register both Malawians and foreigners who are 16 years and above but only those who are staying in the country legally.

“In this case the foreigners will be paying some money to get the Malawian identity card but the registration will start with indigenous Malawians,” said Fulatira.

When he launched the national identity card initiative last month, President Peter Mutharika said the cards bring a number of benefits to both citizens and the country as a whole.

Mutharika said the national identification cards will among others address challenges the country has been facing due to the absence of the documents, as Malawi was the only southern African country without national identification cards.

“Transformation has no other name! It is when a country takes the road of new innovations that we know we are making progress.

“Through our reforms programme we are reorganizing the systems to make them respond to needs of our citizens in as far as service delivery is concerned. This document – which will be owned by all Malawians from 16 years and above – has too many benefits that will ease life in all aspects,” said Mutharika.

He further said government will be able to screen individuals before they access public services and identify all citizens in the quest to reduce crime and improve security.



236 Comments On "Foreigners to be paying for Malawi IDs"

  • jabulani chirombo says:

    Where is our beloved country of Malawi heading to with this DPP government who always have an appetite for money up to extent of selling our on land to foreigners? I recall a certain day some one said he over heard certain Zimbabwean nationals boosting that they shall be the one to have these ID benefing before us. nanga zapherezera panopazi? ndikulilira dziko lathu kuti likulowera kutiko panopa?

  • send them to school again, why they want to sell them in frn nation? where did you heared that in mzbq, zim, zam or in south africa doing that? the main points is malawi is apoorest country in the world but its rich in corruption, at the ends the citizens will be suffering to get the identity document coz those who will be in front lines they will focusing to fill there pockets.

  • Cholinga changa sikudanananu pena mudzimva kulira kwa amphawi lero petulo mwakweza mwakwezaso paendela ziphapha mukuti titani tikapita kwadimaki kukagula chimanga choola chomwe mwatiesa zinyama kugwa kwa kwacha mulibenazo ntchito mukamva mavuto mmatidzina lanthu pemene azanu tikadya zankhuli ndipa Christmas pachikondwelero zabwino azanthu tsitsili mumadaya kwaife ndi nthano timaotcha ndimwala.

  • Let me rectify this,in other words,our country will be selling citizenship to foreigners, period!!

  • Nde kuti chani chimenecho

  • Fuck you with your boss …..why we don’t buy here In other peoples country you wanna buy mahosha after paying you I know at the end you will want us to pay aswell ….again fuck you ndamene wakutumayoso amfiti mungagule galimo yondula anthu akufa ndinjala…galumzanuyo analikosewela kunja ..pobwela wapanga hire ndege ndalama zoti agulire chimanga …agalu nose

    Fuck you fuck you fuck you

  • Thats funny, try to be serious guys. National Id mpaka kuyiyika pa malonda? Mind you, those Ids are meant for Malawians and not anthu obwera. Shaaaame!!

  • Most of the comment stem from ignorance, because the only way to document all the foreigners in the country is to identify them through giving the IDs, Zambia is doing the same, Zambian nationals have green IDs while foreigners from Commonweth like myself have pink IDs and non commonweth have grayish IDs that way just by the color of the ID one is able to distiguish a foreigner and a citizen. The NRB should some how adopt this kind of system.

  • Us here in SA, is very tough to get ID card if ur from outside. Even a working permit is hard too. And there is Nyasaland, u jst wan’t money from those pple insted of taking care of ur owm citizens fist. That is bull sheet.

  • Agie Tiza says:

    Bull s***,this calls for National wide Demonstrations.

  • Pliz the nation, dont sell IDs to foreign nationals, thay makes them citizens too, so it doesnt work like that, give them assylum seeker permits, then if they qualify to be given IDs, they must apply, and be interviewed accordingly.

  • HAHAHAHA kma umphawi uli kumalawi pakana kugulitsa ma id kwa alendo greedy basi

  • We are also foreigners in other countries and we are subjected to IDs at $100 every year… There is nothing wrong with that… The advantage is you can keep track of foreigners in regards to other permits required for their stay…. and for security offcourse….

  • Is it National ID or what???

  • Dziko lomvetsa chisoni,ngati zili choncho mukanangopanga makadi ngati nthawi ya kamuzu.where the hell do you find a foreigner get an ID.

  • its one way of raising money by akanganyawa

  • no IDs for foreigners, tidzachangamuka liti a Malawi

  • Malawi sadzathekadi umphawi wachuluka mpaka kugulitsa ID’s nzeru mulibedi ngati zili choncho ingosiyani musaononge ndalama pachabe

  • Useless government of Malawi, 2019 DPP out

  • Dziko lopusa. Atsogoleri osazindikila kwambiri.

  • kuyambisa Zano-tu kumeneku

  • My view regarding this as an African its not an good idea to offer us yr nationality card may be they must educate us why it is important we need more information b4 we critize Goverment is going to generate money

  • don’t worry we are living in fools paradise

  • Ine ndinatenga ya South Africa pano ndilibe problem

  • Each and every country across the World issues ID to forein pipo but there are rules in place who can get and who can not.

  • Why are you offering to non malawians , do you really know the meaning of id? Please it will be like banana Republic.

  • Banda says:

    Foreigners will pay a fee to obtain the card not to obtain citizenship.

    In most counties if one does not have a driver’s license or a passport or birth certificate one must show identification to obtain government services such as a national (issued by government) identification card

    Foreigners in Malawi are doing many things including humanitarian aid, business or they at times may require a government recognised identification for banking, immigration or to visit hospitals

    This is not the sale of Malawi but an easy way of proving who someone is when dealing with a government official,

  • And foreigners will be prioritised than my poor aunt in the village.

  • This is the most stupid and shamefull idea i have ever heard in my life. Then better stop this IDs ideas becos they will be meaningless. SHAME TO OUR GOVT. KUGULISA DZIKO KUMENEKO.

  • But this is confusing,it must be given to citizens only

  • Kay Nalu says:

    It’ll really take along time for Malawians to open their eyes and realize that this president and His government they’re here to chop our taxes

  • How come foreigners

  • zaa ziiiiii ife akulephera kutipatsa bwanji kuno south africa kuno .koma ngati kuli kuzisaka mupwetekeka nazo

  • Malawi pamalonda……

  • Fuck!! What will they need your iD for? You know for sure that I dont even fucken need it.

  • kumeneko ndiye timati kupusako how can u. exchange our I’d with money? am here[ rsa] since October 2008 and try my best to get I D but no work done at all. ngati ndi umphawi tiyeni tivomelelze but it’s good to sell our country in this wa y coz long at last azatiliza

  • Nde wina azizandifusa za id getto yokhala yanga ndizamuthila mpeni

  • i support the govt but for this issue,this govt is ruled by banch of idiots.they shud stop callin it national ID.bcoz we give foreigners green card.lots of fools.

  • Alick Theu says:

    Malawi u ha habit of calling another Nationals foreigner…maNigeria maforeiger ,Burundi ma foreigner No No it amount to xenophobia.

  • Sizoona, Amalawi Maiko akunja amavutika, or utakhala m’dzikomo dzaka 30 sangakupase id. Amalawi tiyeni tisapepuse dziko lathu. Panja ndikhale nawo analanda malo, icho ndiye Musaiwale.

  • If they stayed over 5yrs and are clean(crime) you can as long as it state(non citizen)….

  • NO!!!! kujoweni uku sizitheka or kakhala ndi ma million ama Rands koma ngati ndiwe foreigner akuti uziwike nde kuno apeze ma I D??? haha ayi ndithu tizayambisa bwani xenophobia ngati tose tili ndi ma I D???? mulowe mwa chinsapo,Ntandire,Biwi,Chilimba,Chatha komaso Ndilande mukaapeza mazulu ali pheee kudyerera dziko losakhala lawo tikapita kwawo akuti ‘Etha manje suka la ukhambire khaya ningakubone la’

  • Alick Theu says:

    Malawians sometimes it’s important to research before you comment on National issues .Eg Iam a proud Zambian ,a citizen by birth and a holder a holder of green National Registration Card NRC (ID).My grandmother is a Malawian by birth,a holder of picky National Registration Card NRC and Zambia Citizen by registration….grandmother is from Embangweni Mzimba .Dear bro and Sis Malawi democracy ikupha if u get over zealous ,stop un necessary arguments on national issues ?

  • Why selling our identity in such way? Foreigners must follow the procedure to have malawi identity not in such way? I think we are directed by fools only how can they kuyiphweketsa malawi in such way while the malawians are struggling to other countries to get their identity . Our leaders must remove this fool idea, why fooling ourselves?

  • Am agree with Gilbert Goliath.

  • Dziko lopanda eni ake limeneli Mmalawi weniweni azisowa ID koma mnigeria ndi mu India mosavuta kumvetsa chisoni dziko lopanda atsogoleli enieni.

  • It neva happen in RSA…. Y our country sell out bein citizen….
    Y issuing dem if even foreigners can buy?

  • for e.g in zambia the true cytzen will given agren card id while those who come from abroad wili be given pink card.nde nidabwa amalawi nichani kwawiri?

  • KKKKK, TAMVANISO IZI KOMA KUMALAWI AKUFUNA ADZICHITA NGATI MA CARD A MCP AJATU. OMANGOGULITSA KWALIYESE ID SAGULITSA KWALIYESE IDENTITY CARD KOMA MUMAIDZIWA TANTHAUZO LAKE?? KKKK, MAIKO OLAMULA MA PROFESSOR AMENEWO. MA PROFESSOR WAKE ASING’ANGATU.

  • kkkkk kodi akati national id amathandauzanji?ndimayesa ndichiphaso chomwe munthu amakhala nacho chosonyeza kuti iyeyo ndi mbadwa ya dzikoro ?nanga anthu mukuti fwenyenye fwenyenye bwanji mmmm.ife amalawi for sua tsiku lina kuzacha atatigulisa.

  • Amirrh Joe says:

    kodi kumalawiko kulibe anthu oti akhoza kukatenga court injuction yoletsa boma kuti lisapereke malawi national ID to foreighners?

  • How much are they paying ????

  • Won’t they overpower us ????

  • I think we comment with the empty head. Don’t miss lead people if you did not understand what the government said

  • Y do u want to sell the country? Apa bolasoo kukhalaa under British colony, takanika kupanga mfundo zozyendesera tokha, these people will attack us from within 1 day

  • paja pitala amasuta chamba chachiwisi eti?pa ………….. Pake. Muuzeni.

  • Why ur going to alow foreigners to get ids,?

  • Ali ndi table salt ndani?

  • Per into mble per nou no say a boma

  • sindikuonapo colakwika mu forena ndi ife tonse ndi amodzi so boma laganiza bwino bcz inuso mumayenda so citha kukhala citsanzo ca bwino ku mayiko ena

  • Ndiye ngati mupereke ID kwamunthu obwera nde phindu la ID ndichiyani

  • ID mukugulitsa mukugulitsa dziko

  • iyaa ID yacaniso tili ku joni ine sindikhala nao ID ngti mufuna mudzandigwila ndie kaya dipotiyi yake mukanditula kuti kkkkkkkkkkk

  • Tia Banda says:

    national IDs for foreigners? mh, umphawiu mugulitsa nawo dziko

  • what are foreigners doing in malawi

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  • This is the time for the masses to rise up. Its either the foreigners have to leave or no IDs at all. Why should a foreigner obtain an ID as if he is a bonafide Malawian. Be very careful you are treading in very deep waters political leaders. Don’t take Malawians for fools. We are watching. This a very dangerous situation you are creating.

  • That’s collect coz here in Tz foreigners are supposed to hav residential documents

  • Which ID chovotera chija

  • Tom Tom weni weni

  • it doesnt make sense how can u offer an ID to a foreigner

  • Thats a stupid national ngati zakukanikani amatula pansi and thats a stupid adia plz plz plz pl plz plz don’t do that tagwilitsako makadi thawi ya kamuzu makolo anthu azionapo stupid n stupid stupid 9

  • Tsogoreli ifa ilipafupi zopusa eti malawi wanji amene mwina chithuthudzi chamalawi

  • Don’t buy votes from foreigners Mr mbwampin

  • Yosagwira kupasa ma ID kwama foreigners chifukwa cha ndalama mupasa mbava ife tili Ku Joni zaka zingapo tikulephela kupeza ID kaya Malawi my country zovuta

  • Nde do foreigners register in which districts and traditional authorities? Malawi is full of crap

  • sididilli says:

    That’s very nonsense how you can give a foreigners i.d. so if you give them I.d.s. then who is gonna be a foreigners in the country . Please sometimes you must not just make no sense things oneway.you can see your self that even we malawias we lived in South Africa many many years but we have no I.d.s coz why we are a foreigners in the country..so why you are selling our country like this . This is nonsense plane . It’s good if you was going to say you need to give every malawias .I.d.s not foreigners . sorry Mr pm that is no sense. please stop fulling our Malawi

  • Selo selo selo land for sale , the land called Malawi is for sale to the foreigners ,what how why you want to give foreigners a national ID now you want to sale us?aah I see thus why you staid long time in USA no way we will not accept that

  • Fuck! Peter muthalika and his fucken pussy goverment. Why my nyasaland ? IDs is for ordinary citizen shame!! On this regime shiiiirt!

  • And thats some more stupid!!

  • sididilli@gmail.com.mala says:

    That’s very nonsense how you can give a foreigners i.d. so if you give them I.d.s. then who is gonna be a foreigners in the country . Please sometimes you must not just make no sense things oneway.you can see your self that even we malawias we lived in South Africa many many years but we have no I.d.s coz why we are a foreigners in the country..so why you are selling our country like this . This is nonsense plane . It’s good if you was going to say you need to give every malawias .I.d.s not foreigners . sorry Mr pm that is no sense. please stop fulling our Malawi

  • The issue itself is so frustrating! How can the government prioritize foreigners over citizens?
    This will be the first phase of these ID’s rollout, and surely nationals should take center stage!

  • The national ID is for the people of Malawi,why are the foreigners be involved.The real reason for introduction of the ID’s in every country is to control the foreigners from staying iligally in that particular country.If it is true that the foreigners will be buying Malawian ID’s,it’s better the government to stop this process because it is of no important.Foreigners are rich people and you will see in ten years time,Malawi be the land of the foreigners.Tikhale nawo analanda malo”akulu anatelo.

  • Olo atangowapatsa za ulele

  • chiyambi chogulitsa malawi nde ichi malawian cant have the same ID with foreners kaya musova konko mwakula mwatha

  • Kkkkk malawi full or jokes, do u know how hard it is to get an id in other contries

  • Zinazi mukupanga ngati ndinu mbuli bwanji.ID mupatse anthu obwera musanapatse mzika za dziko bwanji?mukufuna kumagulitsa mufufuze njira ina yakwatetezeka koma osati ID

  • aaaaaaaaa i thnk mw 24 misget de infomation

  • uchitsitru usapose apa why don’t you give them a permits mwangofikira kulola ma foreigners kuti azigula ma IDs . ndie tizit dziko likuyenda bwino?

  • uchitsitru usapose apa why don’t you give them a permits mwangofikira kulola wina aliyense forgenr

  • Kod ma ld ayambikano ku malawiko?

  • Kufuna kudzabera ma elections basi

  • Wat? is our country thinkng of there pple or money, IDS is the pride of being original in that nation. Hv they joined Gupta? pple are being burned cos of being a foreigner now our country take our IDs lyk zovala zapakaunjika, Respect the Malawians you in power pls pls

  • i think Malawi 24 get wrong information ,,,,,there noway foreigners can earn malawi national ID ,,,i think you talk about rezidential permit not national id.

  • the I’d is indicated Alien identity card it does not mean a citizen No No,don’t comment for what you are yet to learn but ask for help if yu don’t understand some of these things

  • Rubbish, so what’s the use of having that ID?

  • Is beter for Malawian gvm togive Burundians Id.

  • The government is planning for something. It’s a future election sabotage

  • Why he pay I D malawi malawi why

  • Haa km ine simnamveko nso

  • That’s nonsense! Zinachitikapo kuti zimenezo?do you think by selling national identity cards can boost our economy?

  • Mlendo mpaka kukamlowetsa kuchipinda?
    Zakukanikani a DPP?
    Bodza ili.
    Mwatengera zonse mumanja anu osazindikira zotsatira zache.
    Khadili likutchedwa kuti Malawi National Identity (MNI)
    Pano mwaisinthanso mukuti Foreigners Malawi National Identity (FMNI)
    Ayi sindikuona zophulapo kanthu ndi utsogoleri wa DPP.
    Mlendo amapatsidwa chiphatso cha
    1. Chilolezo cha business
    2. Kudzagwira ntchito mudziko muno
    3. Kuonjezera masdiku okhalira mudziko muno
    4. Kudzaphunzira mudzikomuno
    Yekkhayo Ali ndi chilolezo chokwanira angasinthe status yache kukhala nzika ya chi Malawi.
    Apo mwatsekulira makoswe kuti atswane mnyumba yathu, popeza eni ache nthaka (aMalawi) akhala okhumatakhumata akayenda pa nthaska yao.
    Kuchipatala akayamba kuthandiza foreigner si ali ndi khoini?
    Kukalembetsa Ku zofunika foreigner akakhala odzitama, si Ali ndi khoini.
    Nzeru ndi chuma kuposa ulemerero, ndiponso kutchuka.
    Ayatsa moto a DPP pa nthaka ya a Malawi.

  • Mpakanaso ma foreigners

  • I thought one of the goals for these id,s was to differencient between malawians and foreighners in access to goverment social services, those guys are called foreghners because ali ndi kwawo, so we want these to have anupper hand on us by having dual citizen ship, zayambika zopusa zija.

  • Agalu inu musamalipeputse dzikoli mwamva, mupatsa bwanji nation I D munthu obwera popanda ndondomeko zenizeni. Mukaone mayiko azanu njira zomwe amasata kuti munthu obwera apasidwe I D. Uku ndikufuna kupereka I D kwa zigawenga zamaiko ena cholinga aziipitsa mbiri yaamalawife. Tikudziwa kuti malamulo mumawadziwa koma mukufuna kuba mupezepo polemelera. Shame anthu ongoganizira mawanja awo basi.

  • Still More They Will Be Paying Something If They Want To Access Our Social Services.If You Look On The Sample Of Malawi Birth Certificate Foreigners Will Be Easy Identified,It Should Be A Must To Introduce The ID For One To Receive Any Govt Services Once The Exercise Is Over.These Is How It Will Be Like Sample; (1)Birth Entry Number………….? (2)Registration Number………….? (3)Name …? (4)Date Of Birth …………? (5)Sex ……….? (6)Place Of Birth ……….. . . . .? (7)Name Of Mother . . . . ? (8)Nationality Of Mother= Burundian. (9) Name Of Father. . .? (10)Nationality Of Father =Burundian. (11)Date Of Registraion= 10th December 2016.Bola Osayikapo Sign Ya Tambala Wakuda Pa Card-ipo. Hahahahahaha

  • Poor leadership, Mr Peter.

  • Sizakudya izi olo mutapatsa ulule ife tikuthawa kumw chifukwa chankhanza zanuzo ndiuphawi j.c.e mwati kkkkkkk pamene kuno j.c.e yao ngakhale std8 ikugwira job .

  • Malawi for sale!!

  • Nde opanda ma ID azimangidwanso ?

  • Cash Bway says:

    malawi malawi malawi ooooo shame on us why malawi…..our government is trying all means necessary to get cash from people…..only to feed there assssssses….malawi government doesn’t care about poor people who always sweating on the line to vote for them…they only think about themselves….shame

  • Tangoyamba kumene zama ID koma mwayambaso kuphatikizaso ndima foreigners omwe m’malo momaliza kaye amalawi eni ake akhalenazo papezeka mwini dziko alibe ID foreigner alinayo naaa ngati zili choncho mukanafatsa kaye eeeee

  • I don’t see any problem with that as long as they have all the requirements.bola zisakhale zachisawawa.

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  • If that was the case then all foreigners in other countries would hav had IDs. Then there wouldn’t be any meaning of being in a foreign land. I cud giv sense to giv them residential permits whatsoever to allow them stay legally BUT NOT IDs as this govt is putting it. Damit u pple

  • Stupid Government then it’s not National IDs

  • If Malawi Government they don’t know the meaning of ID just live

  • ndiyeno ife tuli kunja kwa Malawi tikhoza ku panga apply or bwanji popeza munaikanso ma offices maiko ena okhudzana ndi za ma documentes titha kukanga nao? yankhani!!

  • Bwanji osangonenayi kuti mukugulitsa malawi?tikulephela kuno ku southafrica kuphuphila kuti tipeze pepala lenilenili!!inu nkumatolengeza munyuzi,koma umphawi sizinthudiyi eti

  • Well,if they meet the requirements ,then why not?

  • Contrary To The Whole Objectives Of National ID’s, Nosense, Then Do The Same With MEC Registration Of The ID’s I Don’t See The Difference If This Is A Case.

  • That’s Rubish you said its national ID not intanation IDs there is no need to sale it to the foreigners Its for citizens. We don’t have to descus about this you know the right thing so stop that rubish.

  • Good, bcz even in Swaziland gvt gave them. but it written NO SWANZ. So for me i don’t see if there is big problem

  • then thea is no reason of introducing national IDs if u will be selling them to foreigners com on guys….umbuli wa azizogoleli kumalawi utipwetekesa ndithu!!.!.there is no way a foreigner can buy a nationality ukondikusua ndi kusowa nzelu…chifukwa chake amalawi akumatibera ma resources tikungosekelera cant wait nkhalamba zonse zitamwalirira mbadwa wasopano utengeko ulamuriro mwina nkuonako kusintha.!!!!mbava zokonda ndalama selling malawi tikuona zoona.!!!

  • They will gate them through mafumu coz they are full of dyera.

  • Ndalama zomwe aonongezo adakathanila ndi bvuto LA mages, ID ya chiyani yet ndugona mu darkness

  • Then Whats The Purpose Of The IDs ? I Thought U Want To Make Difference Btwn Citizens & Foreigners? Now After Obtainong It What Will They Be Called? Had It Been The Case, No Need For IDs. A Foreigner Z Supposed To Have Documents From His Motherland, Failing Which They R Deported And NOT Given One. Malawi Govt Z Doing Alot Of Strange Things As If We Dont Go Out And See What Happens. Should We Conclude That There Will Be No ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS In Malawi? So Countries Like Jonz, Uk ,USA R Run By Brutes?

  • Point Of collection,then it has to be an International ID, not a national ID,how do you expect us as malawian nationals kumakhulana mapewa ndi obwera kuzipatala,ngakhale ku joni zimenezi kulibe,foreigners are only given temporary resident permit documents only musamatisokoneze agalu inu!!

    • Auze man,akutichitisa manyazi bwanji

    • zaboza zimenezo ma id pano pajon ma nationala amapeleka only kuti amasiyana poti imakhala ya both side kuti ndimumalawi komaso SA…madocuments omwe mukunenawo ndienaso amenewo…ngati mumakhala pafupi ndiyemwe ali ndi ID yapa SA koma wakumalawi muuzeni akuoneseni.obwela omwe amavutika muzipatala zaboma kuno ku SA ndiomwe alibe zilolezo zokhalila muno osati yemwe alinazo.

    • Ku south Africa? Which south Africa are you talking? Don’t cheat people here it’s just that you are illiterate on Immigration and Asylum. Uwu mwawonesa apawu ndi umbuli. just delete your comment

    • Kodi Ku Joni Mumagwira ntchito yanji? muli ndi ma documents oyenera a goliati inu? an asylum paper is different from temporary resident permit problem is mumakwera ma truck and use border jumping,osamalankhula ngati amzeru muli ma vacuum heads..idiot!

    • An asylum paper is only given for a period of time while a temporary permit can take up to 5years ungandiuze chani otsuka agalu wachabechabe iwe,ill literate ndikakhale ine? siunathawa kwanu kuno chifukwa siunaphunzire mbalame iweti,ndikakufufuza dzakuphulitse makofi awiiri ukamadzabwera..

    • Mr Know-it-all Gilbert Goliath phiri its you who must delete your comment. ID and asylum they are completely deferent documents. Tizichita kukuphunzitsa pompa.

    • Hear this, I am not in south Africa and am no longer there. I went for education and am done. However, I know what it is to be in south Africa. If you have gone as a refugee not as immigrant you are given section 22 asylum seeker permit for 6 months to study and employment. this is then renewed for another 6 months. Upon completion of the 2 years you are given another asylum seeker permit for 2 years and is also renewable. after 5 years, they give you a permanent residence ID but not national ID. If you are an immigrant, you are given 30 days upon entry in which no extension is required without proper reason eg if you are not contracted by any employer (just one of example) you can’t extend 30 days given. Otherwise you need to have a visa. these visas are obtained in different ways. eg studies, special skill (football), marriage to a south African, employment etc. And with these visas you can end up declaring yourself as a citizen after sometime like what the Mabedi, Ntawali and Maduka did. I always speak when I know the truth and I know a lot not all.

    • If you want references I will provide. This an area I know most for different countries. And those who are in South Africa know all this but others choose to ignore or may be they don’t know as a result they are deported. But once given asylum document your passport is ceased.

    • Point of correct not collection. Koma ya

    • Yankhanitu ozindikila aja mutsutse za umbuli wanga mu comment yangayo. Mmangonyoza mulibe basis basi. Typical of malawians. Nsanje imakulephelsani kuphuzira kwa anzanu.

    • but foreigners are given different IDs not the same as that of a national.

    • tiyenazoni mutamaliza munena kt nafeso tiikepo yathu COMMENT.chomwe chimanisangalatsa ine kulimbana kwa anthu ophuzila kumakhala kwa m’mabuku. osati kwazitsamba ayi.

    • Nde A Che Goliati Mumatsutsa Chani Ur Just Contradicting Yourself Look Who Is A Fool Here!! You Need Abit Of Reasoning Ndie Kuti You Did Not Get What I Was Trying To Say Here,apa Mwafotokoza Nokha Kusiyana Kwake…Nde Mumatsutsa Chani Mxeehm!! Umbuli Sikusapita Ku Xul Kokha Ayi.

    • Caigon ndiwe mbuli ya munthu. Moti ndalembazo zikufanana ndizako zoti asylum is 6 months pamene temporary permit imakhala 5 years? kuliso temporary permit ku south Africa? mwina poti ndalemba muchizungu mukuona ngati zafanana? go back to school dude. And kulemba zosezoko ndimalembera ena aphuzire and ndalandila ma message inbox kuyamikila kuti aziwa koma iwe ukuti zikufanana umbulitu umenewo.

    • My Question To U Mr Idiotic Goliati Kodi Mutapita Ku Joni Anakugulitsani ID ngati foreigner? inu mukufuna akuoneni ndi ndani kuti ndinu ozindikira? sikuti akazi akugomerani ai kapena ku inbox mupezako ma praise ai..ukulimbana ndi munthu oti si size yako kuvomereza kuti kangende kanandidutsa ndimafuna ndioneke dolo nde mwa pala man get lost!!

    • Kkkk Olila Kusokosa!! My Question To U Mr Idiotic Goliati Kodi Mutapita Ku Joni Anakugulitsani ID ngati foreigner? inu mukufuna akuoneni ndi ndani kuti ndinu ozindikira? sikuti akazi akugomerani ai kapena ku inbox mukunenazo ndi zopanda phindu to me…ukulimbana ndi munthu oti si size yako kuvomereza kuti kangende kanandidutsa ndimafuna ndioneke dolo nde mwa pala man get lost!! moti iwe sukudziwa zoti ko joni temporary resident permit ukapite mu kangombe house kwa high commission wa ku RSA ndakuuzani kale musadzitenge amzeru kuti ena akuoneni nde ndiine am not type period sindife anthu ofanana

    • Usatengere Ushasha pa Ine,main point mwaidziwa zoti maiko ena sapereka ma national id kwa ma foreigners,mukusokonekera patipati? anthu mumafuna muzioneka ma jankeni muli ma zoba muli mbuu,it seems ur just a damn bloody liar,pa profile mwati muli ku kempton park koma apa mwati munachokako kudzivuta ndi mtima muli dokodoko ndi pa mkolokolo pomwe,nane jozi ndakhalamo mwene ndi maphunziro pa msc college that was in 2006 ndimakhalila ku aston manor simungakudziwexo simumakhala ku jet park mu ma container mma kampani mukufuna muoneke adolo akape achabechabe muli ndi chibwezi inu matama ake amenewa?

    • sindifuna kumalimbana ndi anthu oti sangandithandize and what can u get out of praises!! zikuonetseratu muli ndi matama opanda nawo mzeru…am not your level if you know whats good for you timangokhala rather kumanyoza anthu osawadziwa bear that in mind…!!

    • If it is to do with national ID goliati is right duty the is no need to buy u just follew the immigration procedure and u obtain it for free if u buy or u sell it is fraud and is crime.

    • a fool speaks because he has something to say but a wiseman speaks because he knows something to say…sindikuona chomwe anthu mukutsutsa apa..

    • Ahahahaha ndidziko liti limagulisa id kwa foreigner??? Awa akuzitana kuti anapita ku theba kukaphunzira i think ka education anapitilako kanawaphonya wez,id sagulisa kwa obwera,ndangoona zina ati goliat ndangoziwilatu kuti ndi cadet #But_its_non_of_ma_business

    • Cholinga changa sikudanananu pena mudzimva kulira kwa amphawi lero petulo mwakweza mwakwezaso paendela ziphapha mukuti titani tikapita kwadimaki kukagula chimanga choola chomwe mwatiesa zinyama kugwa kwa kwacha mulibenazo ntchito mukamva mavuto mmatidzina lanthu pemene azanu tikadya zankhuli ndipa Christmas pachikondwelero zabwino azanthu tsitsili mumadaya kwaife ndi nthano timaotcha ndimwala.

    • Kkkkki Akido Tawauzeni amene akuti ndimabwanawa sakuona vuto mchifukwa chake akungogwirizana ndi zozizira!!

    • Eish malawi dziko langa kodi uzadzuka liti??..wanditopesa tsopano umbuli uzakuthela liti….

  • Give them permanent residence that will still recognise them as foreigners living in Malawi

  • Kkkkkkkkkkkkk bull shit.

  • Give them Asylum temporary permit with conditions..not IDs.

  • Dan Mkama says:

    Gov don’t be stupid foreigners should be given only residential or working permits only why national ID?

  • Forgetting that u r also a foreigner

  • Koma naa ifeyo ife a Malawi.

  • Lets try to find out if this story is true first. Journalists in Malawi rush to write stories before making deep investigations. They can write a story sourced from a kindergatten kid provided it wil attract more likes and comments on their pages

  • Kufuna kukokela eti kkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  • what the difference then? unless their IDs will be different to indicate that they are foreigners residing in malawi, otherwise; the government is losing money on nothing

  • Bwinotu bwino zomangoti chifukwa anzathu akumapereka ma I.D. Ndiye nafenso tiyambepo samalani zizativuta ife tsiku lina tikufuna kukonza dziko koma nkupeza kuti mu nthawi yanu munachita zinthu mosasatira malamulo.

    Malawi timathamangira kulemekeza anthu obwera kusiya mbadwa zathu zikuvutika ndithu. Trust me there’s more to look into before we implement this am sure.

  • They should become Malawians first.

  • Misi Alex says:

    Stupid government, malawi is a stupid country, u can’t just give the ID’s to every foreigner

  • If that is the case then the whole project should stop,because government is not following the objectives of the National ID!

  • Uganda panopa ikuchitika being cz of ma refugees,,we all know the advantages of refugees/foreigners.(they bring in new ideas.plz give them IDs!!!!!!!

  • Palibe Foreigner Kupeza IDs Ya Malawi Or Kuti Alipile Palibe!Tidalivela Kuwawa Tonkha Dzikoli.Inu Kwawo Mungapeze I D Even kulipila Mungaipeze?Bwanji Mukumphekesa Maliwi?Mafumu Nanuso Ngati Mzika Zaziko lino Muli Mpheee kusekelela Zopusazi?

  • Amalawi kukonda ndalama basi mpaka muzigulitsa Ma ID ndiekut tathauzo la ID simukuidziwatu kut ndichian kudzko? Boma losaganizira mtundu wake. Zandinyansa ngat ine mzika

  • Mbuzi ma Nnation ID amapereka kwa anthu amaiko ena ndiye zikatero akhalanso ma National ID or internation ID?.

  • Koma mumaziwa malamuro amaiko ena akamapereka ma I’D kuti amatani yooo fall malawian

  • Think first before you do that coz crime want stop in Malawi and more especialy like here in RSA no one can buy the ID

  • The Government is very broke that it’s thinking like a headless chicken. Maybe they want to recover money squandered on purchasing lexus & Mchinji by elections.

  • Ma president enawa ndiye kaya2 asaah!

  • Malabishi,mxiiii

  • refugees are given IDs anywhere in the world upon satisfying some conditions. However, it doesn’t mean they are citizens of those nations. Additionally, it is called permanent residency ID

    • They Have Just Said FOREIGNERS not specifically refugees.

    • Technically Its Different From The ID’s Which Refugees Are Given In There Respectives Camps,don’t Mix The Two.We Are Talking Of National ID’s For Indegenous Malawians Without Looking On Skin Colour.

    • No Upindi, these IDs are not given in refugees camp. For example in south Africa refugees are given permanent resident ID to own property, study and being employed! However, they are still bonafide citizens of their respective countries of origin! But this is free for RSA

    • On what conditions will a foreigner qualify for an ID?

    • I agree any country can give u an ID by conditions. For example the refugees will be issued Asylum permit which expire and renewed under UN act. If he/she stay more than 7 yrs has a right to apply national ID. That does not change name its a National by resident. Any foreign national who marry Malawian has a right to apply but if he devoce in less than 7yrs its cancelled. If u are a foreigner u can apply residential ID with cames with terms and condition. Refugees will simply get Asylum permit.

    • Michael, the asylum permit translates into a permanent residence not nation ID. A national ID is another thing which points to citizenship. For example in malawi, when a female foreigner (immigrant not refugee) is married with a malawian man she becomes a malawian citizen but not when a male foreigner marries a malawian woman (he doesn’t become a malawian citizens). But a refugee applies for asylum permit in which it is translated to permanent residence ID not national ID. in short an imigrant can be given a national ID but a refugee cannot be given a national ID but permanent residence upon satisfying some conditions thereof.

    • Mr Gilbert Goliath Phiri, I think your head is completely empty, when it comes to Immigration Policy.
      You don’t have to be stubborn and thick headed, all you have to do is zip up and learn from your friends.
      Your ignorance is way too alarming!

    • Arnold, talk! Where do you see the problem? Is an immigrant and refugee the same? Do they follow same procedures? I wonder why you look judgmental instead of defining areas I am wrong!

    • Hear this Arnold, I am not in south Africa and am no longer there. I went for education and am done. However, I know what it is to be in south Africa. If you have gone as a refugee not as immigrant you are given section 22 asylum seeker permit for 6 months to study and employment. this is then renewed for another 6 months. Upon completion of the 1 year you are given another asylum seeker permit of 2 years and is also renewable for another 2 years. after 5 years (2 6-months and 2 2-year permits) , they give you a permanent residence ID but not national ID. If you are an immigrant, you are given 30 days upon entry in which no extension is required without proper reason eg if you are not contracted by any employer (just one of example) you can’t extend 30 days given. Otherwise you need to have a visa. these visas are obtained in different ways. eg studies, special skill (football), marriage to a south African, employment etc. And with these visas you can end up declaring yourself as a citizen after sometime like what the Mabedi, Ntawali and Maduka did then you obtain a national ID. I always speak when I know the truth and I know a lot not all.

    • My brother, the vast expertise you claim to have, in this regard, is very shallow. You must be able to distinguish between the two.
      However, we share the same sentiment there when you said that you don’t know all,and I believe it won’t hurt to lend an ear!
      Besides we are here to enlighten each other wherever we go astray!

    • hahahahaha do you know anything more than this? You seem to be somewhat arrogant. Tell me something different. You are just bragging but nothing to teach me! accept I have taught you what you didn’t even know. let others judge you Arnold.

    • Its Gilbert vs Arnold

    • Jester, mwawonapo chani cahnzeru wanenapo anodiyu apapa? umbuli means kusaziwa kuti sukuziwa. pamenene kuzindikila ndikuziwa kuti sukuziwa ukufuna uziwe. osati kutukwana usakuziwa kanthu. vuto la amalawi ndilimenelitu nsanje, ntudzu, umbuli, ulesi, etc.

    • Which refugee received National ID in South Africa once u are a refugee u remain unless patapita chinyengo u can only given an asylum seeker not ID bra ndipo if u are a refugee once kungopanga ma finger prints u won’t get I D am also in South Africa .Only ngati unabwera like Ma player ngati Atusaye nyondo akatha 5 yrs they are allowed to apply for citizenship

    • Very correct Henry. Ma player anabwera ndi visa as immigrants and free to get national ID if they declare citizenship. Koma ngati unalibe visa uli ndi asylum seeker umapasidwa permanent residence after 5 years.

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  • ndiye ndiya ntchito chani?

  • government of umbuli.com full of clowns!!!

  • Stupid government will never come there again. very stupid indeed

  • Kkkkkkkkkk. Izi ndiye zaumbutuma. Very stupid. Ids to non Malawians 4 sale?

  • desperate measures dpp govt uses any ways to steals

  • This gvt is very attracted to money,you want to sell IDs to foreigners to become Malawians?You better consult Malawians first before you do that,otherwise you are selling this small country to foreigners

    • Enzo GH says:

      When malawians went to zimbabwe, they were given ids, for free, now there are more malawians than zims in zim, why crying

    • That was sometime back,things have changed now,hope you didn’t check that those IDs given to foreigners in Zim weren’t the same as those given to Zimbabwians,so your argument is not valid

  • This gvt is very attracted to money,you want to sell IDs to foreigners to become Malawians?You better consult Malawians first before you do that,otherwise you are selling this small country to foreigners

  • what’s the use of I.D’s if foreigners they will buy I.D’s?That’s stupid

  • Zinazi Kukhala Ngati Dziko Lapenga2 Ili

  • Asaaaaa ndiye zachamba zimenezo

  • kodi ku Rwanda mMalawi angamupase ID? KKKKKK!

  • kkkk this government is stupid for sua ,how can you give the national ids to the foreigners?

  • IDs are for indegenous malawians nt foreigners. Wish u could knw hw SA gvt is strict wht IDs.

  • Ndipo ndalama yake ikhale yochuluka kwambiri.

  • So wen they pay it meAns they are so Malawians.? those foreigners..y must they pay…..?

  • Jossam Mantchichi Banda says:

    Sikoyenela kuti ma foreigners apeze ma IDs chifukwa zikhala ngati mukugulitsa dziko kwa anthu obwera. Ma foreigners apatseni zilolezo zina zokhalira mu m`dzikomo osati ma IDs. Pakhale kusiyana pakati pa anthu obwela ndi nzika za dziko. Sindikudana ndi anthu obwera koma ndikufuna kuti pakhale kusiyana obwera ndi nzika ya dziko. Mayiko ena sichapafupi munthu obwera kupeza ID, so why Malawi so easily. Pepani azitsogoleli athu ngati ndi chifundo mukuononga tsogolo la ena.

  • Makono says:

    its good for All Malawians to have the ID ,but i have two Questions…..WHY IS IT THAT IT HAS THE EXPIRE DATE? does the id have the expire date?….

  • Phiri says:

    Looks great,

    Surprised it in Chichawa and English when the only official government language in Malawi is English,

    Road traffic take note

  • Banda says:

    Funny story considering the British government is funding the national identity card

    A foreigner living in Malawi is a permanent resident who had paid a fee to live in the country, and has a Malawian passport, does not require the identity card but likely more convenient to carry,