There is controversy on this year’s Farm Inputs Subsidy Program (FISP) in Malawi’s Northern region where traditional leaders have confirmed that most of the beneficiaries government has selected migrated to South Africa whilst others are deceased.
Inkosi ya makosi Mmberwa V, T/A Mthwalo, and Mkumpha of Mzimba and Likoma attributed the cause of the controversy to the current selecting criteria.
Mmberwa V told our reporter that he is sad to learn that most of the beneficiaries of FISP this year in his territory are not alive while some migrated to South Africa.
“The current selection criteria is not good considering that government does that without verifying whether people are alive or dead, Like here, most names we have are those of people who died and also some of those who left for South Africa, while those alive have been dropped,” said Mbelwa.
Mthwalo and Mkumpha echoed the same saying they do not understand the reason government decided to avoid considering chiefs who are the ones staying with people and know better who is available to benefit and not.
Government changed the selection criteria from chiefs to the ministry of Agriculture in a bid to reduce corruption which characterized the program since its inception.