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 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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :