Chikangawa Forest on fire, Malawi’s biggest forest reduces to backyard tree plantation

Malawi’s forest firefighters are battling raging fires at Chikangawa which has reduced the southern Africa’s biggest man made forest into a small tree plantation.

Chikangawa forest

Chikangawa forest

Spokesperson for the department of Natural Resources Sangwani Phiri said government officials are on ground to quantiufy the damage.

Chikangawa Forest cuts through Mzimba and Nkhata Bay diustricts.

Phiri said the government would do all it can to control the fire believed to be started deliberately by some people every summer.

A company that runs Chikangawa Forest, Viply says it is makig fire controls in the forest to prevent the spread of it in an unaffected areas.

Some forestry officials say small trees have completed been burnt.

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5 thoughts on “Chikangawa Forest on fire, Malawi’s biggest forest reduces to backyard tree plantation”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    It is really a national tragedy to see once a world-class pack of wonderful trees which were an envy not only of Malawi,but also throughout the planet.One white tourist who sat besides me from Mzuzu to Lilongwe in 2014,had high praise for wonderful trees and likened them to trees back to his homeland of Norway.Frankly,this is not an accident,it is an impulsive act of deliberate crime by government surrogates to deliver a blow to the Northerners and annihilate whatever remains in the North.Recently,when President Muthalika was addressing people in Mzimba,was astonishingly amazed to see trees in Chikangawa areas were brutally cutdown for reasons he couldn’t imagine.However,this is part of destroying and isolating the North from the rest of Mother Malawi.We have seen how developmental tribalism plays,the North is least developed in the country since independence 52years ago,there are very few roads which are passable,think of evil Quota System,think of Nipotism which has had devastating effects to Northerners.Today,is Chikangawa and tomorrow are our wonderful national parks,we have expressly seen the devastations of Muchenga Coal Mine and Kayelekera Mine which have had no economic effects to our region,what is the intention? To suffocate and raze the population of our people who are already in dire minority.There is no doubt therefore the destruction of the Chikangawa trees,is man-made and the government has a direct hand.

  2. Kanchenga says:

    The trees in the picture do not show fire destruction. This is uncontrolled cutting. See we can’t even present issues correctly

  3. Kanchenga says:

    To imagine that this used to be a source of pride to the nation before stupidity took over our country. Even the so called educated have no answer for this foolishness. So the Chihanas, Kamlepos, Muluzi, Aleke and others were fighting to bring this miss management to a country that was on a right path to development.

  4. Kaikaga says:

    kikkkkkkk so where is the fire you are talking about guys?
    Kapena munayenela kunena zoti Mitengo yatha?

  5. Corrupyt says:

    Too bad for environment

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