President Joyce Banda’s Mudzi Transformation Trust (MTT) initiative which she launched in May, 2013 at Nthoso Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Khongoni in Lilongwe has so far spent close to K1 billion since its inception.
The five-year project seeks to provide good shelters, access to potable water, accessible transport as well as ensuring food security and nutrition to low income earners.
The project’s executive director Macward Themba, said the money injected has enabled the initiative to complete the construction of over 500 houses for the vulnerable and low income households as well as rehabilitation of some other social amenities in various sites.
Themba justified the source of funding for the project saying: “President Banda provided moral and financial resources for the project, while other stakeholders made sure that there is prudent utilisation of resources and commitment among beneficiary communities and other players through material contributions.”
He ascertained the criteria used for the identification of the beneficiaries as non political, saying beneficiaries are not identified based on any political affiliation.
“Beneficiaries are identified through a consultation process at cluster level, where a poor village is identified by all relevant stakeholders in the cluster and a report is passed on to the chiefs who then forward it to the project’s secretariat for assessment and possible intervention.
“The more the resources we get the more poor Malawians will be reached with the project,” explained Themba.
Explaining on how the project would be done during the rainy season, Themba said: “Our main focus of activities will be rehabilitation of houses that includes roofing with iron sheets although construction of new houses will slow down.”
MTT is targeting 20 000 villages across the country and this may be translated to between 200 000 and 400 000 houses to be constructed by the end of the project’s five years.
The project is underway in all the country’s regions.