BY Zanele NGWIRA (Correspondent) 21/10/17
Malawi President Peter Mutharika attacked former leader Joyce Banda for building free houses for the poor and vulnerable across the country between 2012 and 2014.
Surprisingly few weeks after getting into government he introduced his own Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP).
The program has two components namely subsidy and grants. The DPP government planned to give subsidy loans to 66,000 and grants to many other Malawians from 2014 to 2019.
But to date the programme is a total failure. Only around 11,000 families have accessed the subsidy loans while only 24 families have had houses built for them.
This makes two of Mutharika’s three campaign promises failures. The much touted Public Sector Reforms are as well as dead.
Joyce Banda’s two-year rule saw close to 4,000 families getting free houses, a huge gap from Mutharika’s mere 24 free houses.
Failure to implement his campaign promises has backfired on Mutharika’s government as he is losing popularity fast.
Only last week his Democratic Progressive Party lost miserably to opposition Malawi Congress Party in a by-election that took place in three constituencies and three wards. His party only managed to win one local government ward while the rest went to MCP.
Frustration among Malawians is high because besides unmet promises by government they also live in abject poverty with long electricity blackouts and erratic water supply.
Political experts say these election results are an indication that Malawians are likely to try in a new President in 2019 in a show of defiance to the DPP government and its failures.