Ntcheu rolls out Malata and Cement Subsidy distribution

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Atupele Muluzi said he is satisfied with the level of work in the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme widely known as Malata and Cement Subsidy Program.

Muluzi (Centre) inspecting one of the houses

Muluzi (Centre) inspecting one of the houses

Symbolic presentation of building materials to some beneficiaries

Symbolic presentation of building materials to some beneficiaries

Muluzi was speaking on Wednesday at Bunyenga primary school ground in Traditional Authority Makwangwala in Ntcheu district during the handover ceremony of building materials to some beneficiaries.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, Muluzi said so far he is impressed with the progress and quality of work as the program is transforming people’s lives.

“The program is economically empowering the locals by employing artisans from the same community to do the construction work,” he said.

The Minister urged the beneficiaries to use the materials received for intended purposes. He further said, “You should not sell the materials or steal for doing so will derail the whole purpose of the project.”

Muluzi said about 15, 440 houses under the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Program will be constructed in phase one.

“Almost 7000 houses are nearly in the completion stage,” said Muluzi.

District Commissioner for Ntcheu, Harry Phiri said the project is a success despite some few challenges.

“Soon the beneficiaries will have their own decent homes thereby transforming their lives for the better,” said Phiri.

One of the beneficiaries Gadabwizi Kayaye said the program has transformed her life as she is among few women in her community to own a decent house.

“I will now be a happy woman in this community after spending all my life living in a muddy and roof-thatched house,” she said.

Kayaye further said her life will chanhttp://www.nyasatimes.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpge for the better as she will no longer spend her resources in buying cutting grass for her house. “The little I was spending for buying grass will be channeled for other activities,” said Kayaye.

Popularly known as Malata and Cement Subsidy, the program was designed to provide poor and vulnerable households decent and affordable housing.

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Where is the cement in this house?


Yet your allowances you all have collected to see the project are far much than the money you will spend on it.
work up Malawi……. how can you call these rubbish buildings built out of mad decent….?

Iyi ndi njira yimozi mwapeza yophera makwacha…. Tizaonana 2019.

Please spent the money on project that could boost/empower our country economically… osati izi…


I don’t know if I need glasses to see properly because by the look of the colour between the bricks isn’t it matope, cement mixed with sand produces a greyish colour and I can’t see that from this building. Second if this is what is in government plans budgeting it as DECENT then I guess this work has a different meaning altogether in Malawi than to the rest of the world

Happy Eduardo

Yes, when the house is complete, it will be called decent but affordable. Check this definition with UN Habitat.

John Banda

Ikuonekanso ngati akumangira matopetu nyumba yake. Very decent indeed.

The real ujeni

Such houses are found in slums, built by slum dwellers in other African countries not the whole government showing off such mediocrity to the whole world, what a shame. Also why Ntcheu, is it because the VP comes from there? Operating nepotism. We have a long way to start developing the country


If what we see in the photo is what you call a descent house then that word is not the same as we know it from the dictionary may be you have another dictionary than the one we have.

mfiti mayaya

And you call this type of buildings ‘development’?

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