President Peter Mutharika, who is Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) torchbearer, has accused district councils of lacking transparency in the management of Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme.
Mutharika, speaking at Nkhotakota Boma Sunday, accused council authorities of giving farm inputs to their relatives instead of the needy.
“I have heard that fertiliser was insufficient. The problem is with the district councils. They lack transparency. People who are not eligible to receive the inputs are the ones who are benefitting. They are giving the inputs to their lovers and relatives. This has to stop,” he said.
Mutharika further criticised opposition parties for promising to make the programme universal, arguing it would affect the needy.
“This programme is for targeted poor people. Those with money should be buying fertiliser from Farmers World or any other shop at normal prices. I will not stop implementing this programme,” he said.
Mutharika urged the people of Nkhotakota to give him a second term of office so that he could continue with development projects outlined in DPP manifesto.
Speaking earlier, DPP secretary general, Grezelder Jeffrey, urged people of Nkhotakota to vote for Mutharika for continued development in the district.
She, however, asked Mutharika to engage African Parks to construct a fence around the district’s game reserve, arguing that elephants are wreaking havoc in communities.