Malawi Government has allocated K186.8 million for Emergency Recovery Public Works to Neno as one way of helping poor families in the district.
Speaking during the launch of the project recently, Neno district commissioner Hamisi Twabi said the money has come at a right time when people in the area are facing food shortages due to poor harvest.
Twabi advised traditional leaders and other stakeholders in the district to desist from politicising the programme.
â€œI would like to ask all stakeholders to refrain from politicising this programme because government would like to assist poor people and no-one should seek to gain political mileage through this because that tendency may jeopardise the programme.
â€œThe core purpose of this programme is to assist vulnerable people in our areas to at least have money for subsidy fertiliser and start small-scale businesses,â€ he said.Â Â
Neno director of planning and development McPherson Mwakhwawa said during the exercise, people will get K300 per day for 48 days spread over four months.
â€œPeople will be paid K7 200 for two months this year and will also get the same amount when they will work in April and May next year,â€ he said.
He also said the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee Report (MVAC) listed Neno as one of the districts affected by food shortages; hence, the money would help people to buy food.â€”Mana