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DAHSP: Disaster alleviation tool, says Mzuzu CEO

Written by  Chonanga Mhone and Type Mbewe
Mzuzu City Council Mzuzu City Council

Mzuzu, March 6, 2019: Mzuzu City Council (MCC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), McCloud Kadam’manja on Tuesday described the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP) as a tool for mitigating disaster effects.

During the meeting at MCC Chamber, Kadam’manja said people who used low cost house construction materials were victims of disasters in Mzuzu City in the past years.

“We have been experiencing adverse weather that was resulting into disasters, and we believe that this was happening because people were using low cost building materials,” Kadam’manja said.

The MCC Chief Executive said the program will help the council to address problems that affect people because their structures are built using poor building materials.

“It is believed that incidences of disasters will be substantially reduced since the beneficiaries have been supplied with the building materials such as cement, iron sheets, nails, lime and wood guard among others,” he said.

He said that DAHSP program has proved to be a solution in supporting low-income households to access decent housing.

“It is the hope of the council that this initiative will continue to be supported by government,” added Kadam’manja.

Meanwhile, 150 households have benefited from DAHSP programme in Mzuzu City Constituency and 75 more stand to benefit in the third phase launched on Tuesday.

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