Chilima Vows to End AIP Challenges

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Malawi Vice President, Dr Saulos Chilima says he will end the challenges facing Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) beneficiaries in the country.

Chilima made the remarks today during an impromptu meeting AIP beneficiaries at Nkhotakota Boma after visiting the lakeshore district to witness Msulira- Nkhotakota road.

The Vice President says he is aware that Malawians are facing challenges to access the cheap items.

“This morning, I travelled to Nkhotakota to check progress of the Msulira-Nkhotakota Road. This is the road that has missed its deadline by 16 months. All the challenges that have led to the delay will be ironed out so that the Contractor, Shire Construction, must proceed with the work. This will happen in the short period possible,”

“On my return, I briefly stopped at Nkhotakota boma where I spoke with beneficiaries of affordable fertilizer to see the challenges that are being encountered. One of the challenges was that beneficiaries are travelling long distances to access the fertilizer. I have since assured them that most of the obstacles are being ironed out and soon beneficiaries will be able to access the fertilizer from Admarc depots across the country,” Chilima says.

The Vice President later, visited the JCM Solar Power plant in Salima which will be producing 60 Megawatts.

“I was impressed that by April 2021, the project will have completed, a crucial step of the Tonse Alliance administration’s efforts to deal with power blackouts once and for all,” he says.

Chilima is also the Minister responsible for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms.