Government has set aside K25 million for the Ministry of Home Affairs to carry out mobile national registration exercise which will be conducted throughout the country, Parliament has heard.
Giving a ministerial statement, Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila told Parliament yesterday that the exercise would start in the second week of April and would be conducted in three phases, with each polling district allocated seven days of registration.
Mr Mwila indicated that phase one would cater for Northen, Muchinga and Central provinces while phase two will see registration activities shift to Lusaka, Southern, Western and Eastern provinces in the period July to August. The last phase will be conducted on the Copperbelt, Luapula and North Western regions while the whole exercise is expected to take 90 days.
“Mr. Speaker, my ministry is mandated with the responsibility of ensuring that there is accountable and transparent security system to ensure an environment in which peace prevails for sustainable socio-economic development to the people of Zambia.My ministry is in receipt of numerous complaints from the public ranging from failure by those who have attained the rightful age to obtain National Registration Cards due to the long distances to centres where these documents are issued and the geographical set-up of some districts where some of them are flooded during the rains, thereby making mobility a challenge.
Thereore, my ministry has made a provision of K 25 million in this year’s budget for mobile registration which will go towards procurement of materials, motor vehicles and maintenance with a projection of over a million people to be captured.
The minister called upon his fellow parliamentarians and traditional leaders to take up the challenge of encouraging people in their areas to take advantage of the exercise in various places.
And Mr. Mwila has also indicated that after the completion of the mobile registration, the whole process would be evaluated so that those that might be left out during the exercise would also be catered for.
Mr. Mwila was responding to Chavuma Member of Parliament Kenneth Konga who wanted to know what would happen to those provinces especially those earmarked for the third phase in an event that the rains disturbed the exercise.