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NRC exercise moves to CB, Luapula, North-West

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT says phase three of the mobile exercise for issuance of national registration cards (NRC) will be launched tomorrow on the Copperbelt by minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila while his deputies Gerry Chanda and Panji Kaunda will launch the programme in Luapula and North-Western provinces, respectively.
Ministry of Home Affairs public relations officer Moses Suwali said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Mwila will launch the exercise in Kitwe.
He said the second and third phases of the mobile NRC registration exercise will run simultaneously but phase two is expected to close by the end of November while phase three will only end after 90 days.
Meanwhile,  the Ministry of Home Affairs has warned of stern action against those interfering with the operations of the mobile registration exercise either directly or indirectly in accordance with the law.
Mr Suwali said the ministry is concerned that some people have continued to issue disparaging remarks regarding using unverified information in some sections of the media regarding the operations of the mobile exercise.
“We received reports of some unscrupulous people demanding for statistics from officers operating at one of the registration centres in Lusaka,” Mr Suwali said.
He dismissed reports that a senior government official has been issuing NRCs from his home, saying that such reports are meant at disrupting the exercise.
“Our officers went on the ground to probe this matter and preliminary investigations have revealed that there is nothing of that nature,” Mr Suwali said.
He appealed to those with complaints to engage the Ministry of Home Affairs or supervisors in the registration centres and desist from issuing alarming statements.
He has urged all well-meaning Zambians to support the exercise for it to succeed.
And Government has announced that the launch of the construction of over of 12,000 houses for police officers has been postponed
President Lungu was expected to officiate at the ground breaking ceremony for the building of the houses for officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs.




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