Over 350 vulnerable households in Nsanje are yet to access Malawi Red Cross Society’s (MRCS) Social Cash Transfer three months after they were registered for the support.
MRCS district project officer Friday Mulungu said disbursement of funds will start today.
The concerned beneficiaries said the organisation identified them for the support as they were affected by the January floods, but have since not received the cash.
The households, from group village heads Nyanthumbi and Mtondo in Traditional Authority Tengani’s area in Nsanje, said they feel cheated.
They said the origanisation should not have taken advantage of their situation to source funds and divert them for other purposes.
“Initially, Red Cross Malawi identified us as beneficiaries of their Social Cash Transfers and promised us that we would start receiving money by October, but nothing has been done. They have remained silent and have not communicated to us reasons behind their failure to provide us with the support,” said one of the beneficiaries.
Group village head Nyanthumbi and Village Civil Protection Committee (VCPC) Chairperson Patrick Ben also accused the MRCS of not coming in the open to explain why disbursement of funds has been delayed.
Nsanje Central Constituency member of Parliament (MP) Francis Kasaila (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) said he was equally concerned with the development and has already demanded an explanation from the organisation.
According to inside sources, MRCS failed to fulfill its obligations due to delays by donors in remitting funds to the organisation. n