What is so special with Thyolo? MP Kamlepo queries K1.5bn allocation

Outspoken legislator for People’s Party (PP) Kamlepo Kalua wondered what is so special with Thyolo district – the home of President Peter Mutharika – after government allocated K1.5 billion in the Social Cash Transfer programme.

Kamlepo Kalua: What is so special with Thyolo that other districts don’t have

Kalua made the query in Parliament on Tuesday after the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Dr. Jean Kalirani made a ministerial statement on the current situation of the said programme.

Kalirani said about K1.5 billion was allocated to Thyolo to benefit 17 000 households in the 2017/18 fiscal year.

But Kalua wondered why other districts have not received the astronomical figure but Thyolo is getting good packgage.

“Why is that government is coming up with money amounting to K1.5billion for Thyolo only,” asked Kalua in Parliament.

He added: “What is so special with Thyolo that other districts don’t have?”

Government has been implementing Social Cash Transfer only in selected districts where vulnerable members of the communities do community work for cash to improve their livelihood and reduce poverty.

The  program which started in 2006 in Mchinji targets 10 percent of ultra poor and labour-constrained  households, paying an average K7 000 monthly transfers per household.

In her statement in the House, Kalirani said the programme struggles to cover operational costs for all 28 districts and needs an additional funding of K280 million.

She said with the provision of K1.5 billion under the 2017/18 fiscal year, government will manage to pay all 17 000 households in Thyolo “for up to 10 months of the fiscal year,”

Kalirani said government is not favouring Thyolo because the President comes there but the program depends on the population of the district.

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Alinafe Phiri
Alinafe Phiri
4 years ago

Yakho la Kalirani ndi labodza, mudziko muno siku Thyolo kokha komwe kuli anthu ambiri. Osamachita ngati ndife ana ayi.

4 years ago

Mwale there is no logic in treating districts equally poverty levels are very high in thyolo imagine someone coming to work for a farmer in chamama kasungu!!!!!

4 years ago

Kamlepo is the only politician left in PP

4 years ago

You shall appreciate one day when your area shall need more support on social cash transfer. This time you can not understand because its Thyolo which are not your kinsmen area.

The Ngerenge man kwa Karonga

Animal farm says ” all animals are equal but some are more equal than others” end of quote!

4 years ago

The answer from the minister is not satisfying, treat all districts equally, if there isn’t enough money then Thyolo should also not get anything. People are struggling in the villages kusamba opnda soap, total poverty, koma a DPP akumaima pachulu kuti chuma chikuyenda bwino, akufuna anthu a ku Thyolo kokha azisangalala?

Shithole Country
4 years ago

Kalirani is too slow. One needs to be patient with her when she is talking and no wonder she could not be secretary general. Kaya nkupusa I do not know, Too intelligent for nothing.

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