Blantyre City Council has warned residents against cultivating in protected areas such as hills and along streams saying this was posing danger to people’s lives and property.
Speaking on Friday when he presided over tree planting exercise in Nyambadwe Hill organized by Sunbird TourismLimited, Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda said this should be the last growing season for those cultivating in such places.
“We want to make sure that this is the last year people are cultivating steep slopes like these. We will work with the Department of Forestry to make sure that we enforce all the laws so that trees in such areas are taken care of,” said Chalamanda.
He thanked Sunbird Tourism Limited for the good corporate citizenship and pleaded with people to return gratitude to the company by looking after the trees.
Sunbird Hotel Finance Director Patrick Lisilira assured people that they will still do more to make Blantyre look beautiful by having enough trees.
Said Lisilira: “We, as citizens of Malawi, have the responsibility to take care of the environment.We want to assure the communities that we will continue helping so that we restore Blantyre’s lost beauty.”
Councillor for Nyambadwe Ward Leonard Chibade assured the company that he will work with other relevant authorities to ensure that the hill is free from farming.
About 1, 000 trees were planted.