Firebrand opposition Peoples Party vice president Kamlepo Kalua has criticised the government for favouritism in the tax payer funded cement and malata subsidy program.
Kalua, who is Rumphi east MP, said the program is going on smoothly in the south especially in the Lhomwe belt but it is facing problems in the north.
“Yet this is a tax payer funded program. In other regions, especially in the north, things are not going on well, the government is not delivering the needed materials, they have just delivered a few iron sheets, few nails,” he said.
He said it was unfortunate that the DPP government is there to serve a few Malawians from where the President comes from.
However, Charles Vintulla, spokesperson for ministry of Lands and Housing, executors of the projects said what Kamlepo said was not true.
“The selection criteria of beneficiaries is the same across the country. Village district committees select beneficiaries,” he said.
He said beneficiaries get similar quantities of building materials.
Vintula said there are 80 beneficiaries in each constituency across the country with 75 of them eligible to pay 50 per cent of the cost and five per cent, the poorest will have the government bear the 100 percent cost of the building of the houses. Vintulla said so far, 9000 houses have been constructed.