The National Registration Bureau has justified as to why the National Identity Cards of the Malawian citizens have expiry dates. The bureau’s Director Mphatso Sambo says National Identity Cards are meant to expire as the card is plastic and therefore plastic must expire.
Sambo stressed that what expires is the Identity Card and not one’s citizenship. He further says a person’s features change every 10 years hence the need for the national ID card to expire so that the individual gets a new one which reflects how they look at that particular time.
According to Sambo, the National Identity Cards help the country to have proper death records. He shed the light that at the time of coming up with National IDs, Malawi had no robust mechanism of recording deaths, adding that the expiry of the ID was put in place as a way of ensuring that those still alive come back and renew their National Identitys.