Don’t harbour foreigners – Mwila


HOME Affairs Minister Davies Mwila has warned of stern action against Zambians harbouring foreigners in their homes with the intention of helping them get national registration cards (NRCs) during the on-going national registration exercise.
Mr Mwila said reports of Zambians bringing foreigners to national registration centres to obtain NRCs have been overwhelming and that police will not hesitate to arrest the culprits.
“Please stop harbouring foreigners in your homes. If we find you keeping foreigners in your homes, we shall not hesitate to arrest you,” he said.
Mr Mwila was speaking in Kitwe yesterday during a tour of various mobile national registration centres in Kitwe’s Wusakile, Ndeke, Chimwemwe, Garnetone, Kwacha and Riverside residential areas.
He said only Zambians and not foreigners are supposed to obtain voters’ cards during the national registration exercise.
Mr Mwila also advised Kitwe residents above the age of 30 years without NRCs to visit the registration office in town centre to have themselves screened before getting the cards.
He wondered why some people above the age of 35 years had to wait for the mobile registration exercise to get the NRCs.
Mr Mwila also advised older men and women to give chance to the youths to get NRCs in mobile registration centres to reduce congestion and long queues that have characterised the exercise.
“Let us allow these young ones to get National Registration Cards, us the older ones we can even go to the offices in town so that we can be properly screened there,” he said.
Mr Mwila also said there is need to increase   on the number of NRC mobile registration centres to three in each of the constituencies in Kitwe.
He said this allow more people to obtain NRCs and to register as voters.
Mr Mwila was accompanied by Copperbelt deputy permanent secretary Elias Kamanga, Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe and officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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