By Meclina Chirwa

Some youths in Lilongwe have complained on the selective process of identifying groups to access loans under the National Economic Empowerment Fund.

Speaking in separate interviews with Timveni, the youth said it is very unfortunate that after rebranding nothing has changed at the organization.

The youths feel like the Tonse administration is favoring only those who are connected to senior party gurus.

The Tonse administration rebranded the loan scheme to become one of the Malawi’s strategies to achieve government’s vision 2063 goals and ensure that the youth and women have a viable financial access in the country.

In an interview with Timveni, Christopher Nyakula from Mtandire township said many groups in Mtandire have not received any loan from NEEF despite being told to establish groups of ten people.

"The loan officers prefer groups which are controlled by senior people in the Malawi congress party," said Nyakula.

Another concerned youth Alexander Mofolo from area 25 said currently the loan officer has over seventy groups to visit which he feels it will take ages for some youths to access the loan.

Commenting on the same, Violet Kachepa from Kauma said, "Youth  have lost hope in NEEF because a month has gone now without being visited by any loan officer."

She said they are just hearing news through the media that NEEF started disbursing loans to youths.

When Timveni tried to talk with NEEF chief executive officer Humphrey Mchetseni, his phone went unanswered.

NEEF has so far disbursed K 1 billion to 590 loan groups across the country.

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