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DAHSP beneficiaries urged to build up-to standard houses

Written by  Macdonald Ziba
Nawacha shakes hands with DAHSP beneficiary during the handover ceremony Nawacha shakes hands with DAHSP beneficiary during the handover ceremony

Mchinji, January 25, 2019: District Commissioner for Mchinji (DC), Rosemary Nawacha has appealed to beneficiaries of the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP) to construct good standard houses for them (the houses) to stay long.

The DC said this Tuesday in Senior Chief Mduwa in the district where she officially handed over cement to beneficiaries from DAHSP-Mchinji.

Nawacha’s remarks follow the past experience from phase one of the program when most people in the district did not build houses not to the required standard.

“Though phase one went on very well, I was disappointed that houses were poorly constructed,” she said.

The DC, therefore, advised the DAHSP beneficiaries to be creative enough and build modern houses as president Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has always recommended.

She also warned against misuse of DAHSP resources, saying she would not hesitate to take anyone to task if found using the building materials in an inappropriate way.

“I should not hear reports of some of you selling this cement or using it for other constructions other than houses for yourselves. Try it and you will be an example to the whole Mchinji,” warned Nawacha.

“Two months from today, I will come back and supervise every beneficiary of DAHSP,” she added.

Speaking in an interview, Senior Chief Mduwa said he was committed to support the programme and asked his subjects to use the resources for the intended purpose.

“I will go around and see what people are doing with the government resources, I will make sure they erect decent houses,” said the chief.

He also expressed worry over the delay of phase two of the program in the district, saying other districts were in phase three.

Shadow Member of Parliament (MP) for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lonzo Zimba commended the president, saying he was happy to witness one of Mutharika’s 2014 manifestos come to his community.

“I appreciate very much that my people are benefiting from DAHSP, it is my plea to the president that the program should reach many communities so that come 2024, the DPP Government’s dream of almost every Malawian having decent and affordable house is fulfilled,” he said.


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