Mzuzu City Council chief executive officer McCloud Kadam’manja has touted the housing subsidy as a tool for mitigating chronic disasters in the city.
Speaking last Tuesday when Minister of Housing and Urban Development Jean Kalirani launched the third phase of the State-funded Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (Dahsp) in the city, he said widespread use of low-cost building materials makes homes prone to disasters caused by adverse weather.
“We believe that this was happening because people were using low-cost building materials,” he said.
“However, it is believed that incidences of disasters will be substantially reduced since beneficiaries of the housing subsidy have been supplied with the resilient building materials, such as cement, iron sheets, nails, lime and wood guard.”
Dahsp supports low-income households to access decent housing.
About 150 households in Mzuzu will benefit from the programme and 75 more stand to benefit in the new phase.
According to Kalirani, government will continue implementing the housing subsidy through which five ultra-poor households in every constituency acquire decent housing.
Lately, Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba have been hit by weather-related disasters, especially floods, hailstorms and mudslides.