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Lack of vehicles affects Malata Subsidy in Rumphi

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Lack of vehicles has forced Rumphi District Council to borrow the only truck at the district hospital to be used in the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme.

The development has since paralysed operations at the health facility.

Rumphi District Commissioner Lusizi Nhlane yesterday said the council’s two trucks break down frequently and the cost of repairing them is high.

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He was speaking when Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu toured two sites where the programme is being implemented.

“There is no lorry to transport the materials. The council has two vehicles and they are old. Their year of make is 2006. They breakdown frequently. In government a vehicle can be used for five years.

“We used to borrow from the hospital but that vehicle does other duties,” said Nhlane, adding that by borrowing the truck, the programme was choking hospital operations.

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Rumphi has earmarked 320 people to benefit from the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme.

In his remarks, Chibingu said there were enemies of the programme who are discouraging suppliers from delivering materials because of delayed payments.

He assured the council that money was now available.

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