Zomba District Council (ZDC) has hailed Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom) of the Zomba Diocese for constructing houses that can withstand diverse weather conditions as part of its recovery programme.
ZDC director of planning and development Willard Chirwa said this on Tuesday at Group Village Head Kathebwe in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwambo’s area in the district. He was speaking after his office carried out a monitoring exercise of 315 houses out of the 450 which have so far been constructed for people affected by floods earlier this year.
The visit sought to appreciate what the non-governmental organisation (NGO) has achieved so far, after some members of the community allegedly accused it of providing substandard materials to people affected by the floods during the recovery period.
He said: “The materials used to build these houses can withstand strong winds, and the walls, though built with unburnt bricks, are also protected from rain that hits the sidewalls. This is quite contrary to the reports we received at the council”
In his remarks, director of Cadecom in Zomba George Phiri said what the people saw during the visit proved those who accused them of poor service delivery, wrong.
“We still have some houses left to build and homes, but above all, we are also impressed with what we have done at this point,” he said. n