Minister Lowe and CDEDI hold AIP discussions at Capital Hill

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Lobin Lowe, and leaders of the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) are this afternoon locked up in a roundtable discussion called to clarify the contradicting statements on the number of beneficiaries for the 2021/22 Affordable Input Programme (AIP).

Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe: Cleared misunderstandings and misconceptions

The meeting comes barely days after CDEDI had written Lowe, demanding that Lowe should resign for “reducing the number of Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) without consulting President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera”.

CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa argued that the ‘unilateral decision’ Lowe made has made Malawians lose millions of kwacha through an exercise Directors of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources undertook to delete names of one million farmers from the list of beneficiaries.

Namiwa and CDEDI officials

Namiwa gave Lowe seven (7) days to either make publicly, a detailed statement, justifying your decision to scale down the number of AIP beneficiaries, and indicating how much the exercise has cost Malawians, or step-down, to save himself from shame and further embarrassment following his “lack of knowledge on government protocols and procedures”.

In his response dated 26th August 2021, the minister invited CDEDI leadership to a roundtable meeting where he would clarify the issues.

Namiwa confirmed received the invitation in an interview. He said he would use the “this opportunity to iron out some grey areas we have noted in Hon. Lowe’s response”.

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Chisuano
3 months ago

Congrats Lowe that’s what we call thdemocracy osati za akazako kumangotsustsa zilizonse

gogo petulo
3 months ago

During dpp regime the number of beneficiaries was around 900000 families and Namiwa was no where to denounce this why because he is dpp himself. Shame on you Namiwa

The Observer
3 months ago

O Phodo mtayeni uyu. He is not important.

Banda
Banda
3 months ago

AIP has to be re-evaluated each year for beneficiaries for a number of reasons such as death, movement, duplication and even fraud eligibility. Numerous people received last year which should not have and were in the market selling AIP fertilizer in the market for k15,000. Planning needs to be done now for 2023. Not deciding now for a month from now how much or whom should receive fertilizer, Rediculous thinking only recently that not enough funds to match last year’s benificsries. Fertilizer can be stored 5 or more years. This program is an investment does not just happen once in… Read more »

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