By Horace Tebulo
DEDZA-(MaraviPost)-Youth Initiative for Community Development (Yicod) has asked President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government to refrain from politicisation in the provision of loans that has been initiated to transform livelihoods of Malawians.
Speaking on the sidelines of a full council meeting in Dedza district, Yicod executive director Andrew Bwanali observed that the program has of late been benefiting people who are affiliated to a ruling party.
He described the tendency as worrisome arguing it does not meet it’s intended purposes as handful of people benefit from the program.
“It is an undeniable fact that the program has been targeting members of the ruling elite, this does not fully benefit a lot of Malawians. We can not develop as a country if we continue with this,” he lamented.
Bwanali added, “we want government to take our concerns seriously by making sure that the program is not politically connected. A number of youths in the country are suffering due to unemployment among other challenges, we therefore appeal to government to act with caution this time around.
Efforts to speak to the Public Relations Officer for the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF) Whytone Kapasule were futile as his mobile phone went unanswered after several attempts.
Speaking in a separate interview, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dedza North West constituency Auzious Chidovu said lack of transparency among authorities has been compromising efforts to bail out communities from devastating effects of poverty.