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Malawi government to start collecting malata loans in March

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Malawi government says it expect s beneficiaries of the Malata and cement subsidy loan programme to start repaying the loans in March next year.

Housing Minister Atupele Muluzi was speaking in Blantyre on Monday when he toured some houses under the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP) in Blantyre.

He said government is waiting for the first beneficiaries of the programme to finish building the houses before they start collecting the loans.

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“We expect to start collecting the loans between March and April next year,” said Muluzi.

The Minister could not indicate how much each beneficiary will be repaying per month, saying it will depend on how much building materials they get on loan.

According to Muluzi, other beneficiaries are getting all the building materials on loan while others are just getting one item, such as cement or iron sheets.

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Muluzi said the programme, which is expected to benefit 80 people per constituency per year for the next five years, is here to stay and has rolled out perfectly well.

The programme was launched in the country last year and seeks to help impoverished Malawians own decent houses.

Under the initiative, five people in each constituency will get free houses every year while the remaining 75 get the building materials on loan.

Senior Chief Kapeni of Blantyre said people in his area have welcomed the programme.

He said he would like to see the initiative benefiting more people in his area. Kapeni also asked government to help address the problem of youth unemployment in his area by opening up community colleges

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