By Fra Konya
Government say it has set aside K38.9 Billion for the COVID – 19 urban cash intervention.
Minister of Population Planning and Social Welfare Mary Makungwa said during the press briefing that the funds are targeting 172, 000 urban households (approximately 1 million Malawians).
Makungwa further said programme will run for the next 6 months, and will include registration of households in urban areas largely affected by the pandemic.
The urban cash intervention comes in as corona virus continue to hit most urban areas in the country.
Each household is expected to be receiving a total amount of K35,000.00 through electronic transferee according the Makungwa.
Recently the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and other citizens got an injunction restraining government from implementing a 21day lockdown.
One key issue that was raised in the reasons for injunction was the worry that people who live on daily income would not be able to survive the 21 days lockdown.
“We wanted the government to provide relief packages to people who are poor and may not be able to survive the 21 days local down such as bicycles operators, min bus drivers and conductors and many more who make money on daily basis to see another day,” said an HRDC member.
He went on to say they believe the government has started responding to the issues and that there is more to be done.
“All we want is to make sure that Malawians do not suffer double with COVID 19 and then rights abuse,” he said .