Traditional leaders in Mzimba District have said President Joyce Banda’s Mudzi Transformation Trust is a fulfilment of peoples’ rights to shelter, health and food security hence they will support it to ensure its success.
“I am tongued tied. We have never dreamt that some of our people would have decent houses and have access to clean portable water. This is a dream,” said Traditional Authority Khosolo at his headquarters in Mzimba.
The Chief said for the past 40 years governments had neglected his area and said the coming of the Mudzi Trust is testament that the government cared for all its citizens.
Presidential Adviser on Religious Affairs Reverend Malani Mtonga had gone to Khosolo to kick start the Trust’s works on 15 houses some of which will be renovated or built anew.
The Mudzi Transformation Trust is a private sector-led initiative which in the initial stages will benefit at least 20,000 villages countrywide.
Reverend Mtonga brought 200 bags of cement, iron sheets, planks and other accessories for the commencement of the works on the houses.
The Trust aims at transforming villages and eradicating poverty among the people living in the rural areas.
The package for interventions include provision of clean and portable water, building assets of households, support farmers clubs to access farm inputs loans, facilitate access to markets and providing housing schemes among others.
Khosolo said Mzimba Chiefs at their recent Indaba also deliberated on the Mudzi Trust and resolved that they will enhance community participation to ensure that projects under done within the projected time frame.
“This is a project that deserves our utmost support and we have already mobilised our subjects to embrace and own the project when it comes to their areas,” the Chief said.
Reverend Mtonga told people of Khosolo that it is President Banda’s vision to uplift the lives of people in the villages.
“She grew up in a village and is well conversant with the daily struggles that people face. Hence this Trust is also her passion,” Mtonga said.
One of the beneficiaries, 63 year old Trintas Banda said her house always leaked hence the renovation of her house is a blessing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :