National Registration Cards

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Withholding of National Registration Cards (NRC) by some employers who justify the act as a way of preventing their workers from stealing is a huge trend in Zambia.  Those mostly affected are domestic workers. In some cases employers use it as a way of forcing their employees to continue working for them. 

But despite this tendency by some employers , it is illegal to hold onto another person’s NRC.

What does the law say?

The National Registration Act, Chapter 126 of the laws of Zambia, article 8 (3) states: “ Any person who finds or unlawfully  comes into possession of a national registration card which is not issued to him shall, without undue delay, return it to the person to whom it was issued or forward it to the nearest registrar. “

Article 13 dealing with offences and penalties, states that any person who (e)“willfully destroys or mutilates any national registration card”; (g) “unlawfully deprives any person of a national registration card issued to him under this Act”, and (h) “is in unlawful possession of or makes use of a national registration card issued to any other person under this Act”, “shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding three thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both”.  

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