In the absence of national ID cards, the government of Malawi has resorted to using voter registration cards to disburse fertilizer subsidy coupons. So far, reports are indicating that there is less coupon fraud with the new system.


However, I find the new system to be squarely against the Jehovah’s Witnesses who do not vote because of their faith. As a result, they do not have voter registration cards which are a requirement for one to access the coupons.

But as bona fide citizens of the republic, they have a right to benefit from the fertilizer subsidy program. Has the Malawi government put in place special systems for these people to get their coupons?

As we look at this issue, can someone, who is in the know, tell us government’s plans on the issue of national IDs?