By Staff Writer
The Democratic Progressive Party led government has said that it will not subsidise the cost of cement and iron sheets as promised during the campaign but will instead build houses and share the cost with beneficiaries.
The ministry of lands said on Saturday that government will instead build 100 houses for low income households in each constituency.
“Government has changed its approach and will now construct houses in all constituencies for the next five years and the cost will be shared between government and the beneficiaries,” said Ayam Maeresa, spokesman for the department.
The shift in policy is a breakaway from the campaign promise and a copy cut of former President Joyce Banda’s initiative which DPP campaigned against.
Under Banda’s initiative, beneficiaries were built houses for free and at least thousands of poor widows benefited under Mudzi Transformation Trust countrywide.
Her project was aimed at transforming villages and eradicating poverty among the people living in the rural areas.
The package for interventions included 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.