Sunday, October 2

CSOs urge government to stop using national IDs in AIP programme

By Dean Chisambo:

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has appeal to government to stop using national identity cards on buying Affordable In-put programme by the beneficiaries.

Speaking during the dissemination workshop on findings of challenges and lessons of AIP programme report, Centre for Accountability and Transparency (CSAT) Executive Director Willy Kambwandira said government should consider integration social Accountability in their programming so that are not reactive to issues but should be proactive.

He said a lot of questions that they received were issues of buying national ID by vendors from the farmers, and some traditional authorities were demanding extra- money from the beneficiaries to issue letters for some people to purchase the commodities.

He said:” we also find out that beneficiaries walk along distance just to purchase commodities, some even walk 20-30 kilometers and spend night sleeping at the selling point”.

Kambwandira also encourage government to integrate complaint reverse mechanism programme so that issues must be addressed there and before they arrive in the community.

On his part Director of Agriculture extension sevices Jerome Nkhoma said the findings speak to the issues that the ministry need to pick which is very important to government as well as the AIP, because is going to help them to programming better the next growing season.

He further said  that some findings are not necessarily speak to the ministry of agriculture only because AIP programme is quite complex and it needs several players intervene like suppliers, local communities, local councils, Anti-corruption bureau, and the ministry of civic education and ministry of information to help the ministry of agriculture to deal with challenges affecting AIP programme.

He added by urging the farmers that they must not sell the ID saying selling ID is selling their right to food.

On his part Tilitonse Foundation Board Chairperson Desmond Kaunda said some findings from the research were regarding the timely delivery of the commodities, improper dealings of vendors buying national ID’s to the farmers, lucky of collaboration between government officials, district council officials, CSO’S as well as the communities and type of fertilizer were available and other type were not and also the quantities were not sufficient to the beneficiaries.

The CSO’S made the research in the district of Chitipa, Dowa, Salima and Machinga and the meeting was organized by Tilitonse Foundation which brought together the Traditional Authorities, government officials and district council officials and several civil Society organization.


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