Opposition UPND in Mazabuka has called on the government to immediately commence sensitisation programmes to rural communities to enable people obtain green national registration cards.
UPND District chairman, Lloyd Buumba complained to ZANIS in Mazabuka today that people in most parts of the district are not aware of the programme despite officers having arrived in the district two weeks ago.
” People are not aware and government will be forced to send back the officers since no impact has been made since the programme started two weeks ago.
” Recently villagers who gathered at Hanzala area were chased by officers from the department of National Registration on grounds that they informed by their area member of parliament who was going round with his public address system,” said Mr. Buumba.
He said government should carry out sensitisation programmes using the electronic, print media and use of public address system if people in rural areas are to obtain NRCs
He said officers mandated to carry out the exercise do not want politicians to assist in sensitising villagers on the ongoing exercise.
Mr Buumba said the department of National Registration is ill equipped to handle the exercise because the department has no marine transport to cover fishing camps along the Kafue river basin.
He said it does not make sense for the department to stop politicians when they are their to supplement government efforts in sensitising communities who do not have access to radio and newspapers.
Efforts to get a comment from the team leader only known as Sakala proved futile as he was reportedly out of town on official duties.
found at the office however said the department has enough materials to use and publicity was not a factor as the response was overwhelming.