President Mutharika challenged to be apolitical on MK8 billion loan program

MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Youths in the Lower Shire districts of Chikhwawa and Nsanje have challenged President Peter Mutharika to reach out to all the youths in the country with the MK8 billion loan regardless of their political lines.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, representatives of the youths in Chikhwawa and Nsanje districts; John Alufandika and Moses Jackson respectively, said this is an opportunity for the youths and in the country to experience a new lease of life and for women to be spared from domestic violence; in the face of serious unemployment in the country.

“This loan initiative will help in improving economic lives of many youths in the country. It will also curb some ill behaviour such as drug and substance abuse since youths will have something to do and be able to employ their fellow young people,” said Alufandika.

In his remarks, Jackson appealed to those entrusted with the authority to administer the loan to be accountable and transparent.

Jackson said: “We are yet to see. Otherwise, it seems to me that there is almost nobody from here, Nsanje, who says he will benefit from this program.”

On 4 March this year, President Mutharika launched MK8 billion loan for youths and women to start up small and medium scale enterprises in the country as one way of developing their socioeconomic status.

Some quarters feel this is a political move aimed at gaining political mileage ahead of the fresh presidential polls on May 19, this year.

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