State House engages Mulanje citizens over conservation trust

Presidential aide Mavuto Bamusi says he will meet members of Citizens for the Protection of Mulanje (CPM) who want the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust out of the mountain for allegedly destroying the mountain and trees.

Bamusi: We have reached a consensus

Bamusi: We have reached a consensus

Bamusi said he will meet CPM members to implore on them that kicking out of the mountain is not a lasting solution to the problems.

He also said he will meet officials from the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) to see how best they can work with communities around the mountain, most of whom eke their living out of the mountain.

Secretary general of CPM David Majewete accused MMCT of cutting down 3500 hectares of pine trees from the mountain, saying this has led to low water levels in the mountain and destroyed tourism as tourists are no longer interested to visit the mountain.

He accused some unnamed top government officials of doing nothing on the environmental destruction because they allegedly benefit from the malpractices.

Officials from MMCT refused to comment on the issue but they said in the past that they cut down the pine trees because they destroy other species of tree and the environment.

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