By Tiyese Monjeza:
Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma has said the Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) is helping people attain financial independence.
She said this on Friday, when she interacted with SCTP beneficiaries in the area of Senior Chief Mlumbe in Zomba.
“What we have noted is that beneficiaries are keen to use the money on useful things like purchasing farm inputs and basic necessities.
“The government is satisfied that the programme is achieving its intended purpose; that is, uplifting lives of ultra-poor community members. As such, we plan to make increments on the money a household receives and increase the number of beneficiaries,” Nkusa Nkhoma said.
Group Village Head Mpanje urged the government to review the list of beneficiaries.
“There is also a need to inform community members about criteria used in identifying beneficiaries. Most community members accuse traditional leaders of favouritism in identifying beneficiaries and they end up boycotting other development activities,” Mpanje said.
There are 293,000 households that are benefitting from the cash transfer programme, with each household receiving K9,000 per month.