Minister of Home Affairs and Internal security, Jack Mwiimbu says the implementation of the new biometric-enabled National Registration Cards will be rolled out to all parts of the country by the end of 2023.
Mr Mwiimbu said the process has already commenced in a number of districts and the cards will be issued at an appropriate time.
ZANIS reports that the minister said this when he paid a courtesy call on North-Western Province Minister, Robert Lihefu in Solwezi today.
“We have commenced the process in a number of districts including North-Western Province. What we are currently doing is to get the details of those who are coming on board to register, at an appropriate time we will issue those cards,” he said.
He said the new cards which will be issued under Integrated National Registration system, will cut on the number of identification cards that a citizen obtains to access certain national services.
“These particular cards will be biometric unlike the current cards which can be easily manipulated or forged, this particular one will have a lot of features to enable the user access a lot of facilities,” he said.
Mr Mwiimbu further said the ministry is working towards ensuring children get an identity number on their birth certificate which will appear on all their documentations in future.
“We are also undertaking a process of ensuring that our children are registered at birth and given a birth certificate which has not been done in a number of situations in the country,” he said.
He added that what is currently happening of having different identification numbers on the registration cards and passport will be different story in the near future.
And North Western Provincial Minister, Robert Lihefu has commended the Ministry of Home Affairs through its men and women in uniform for maintaining law and order in the area.