Airtel Malawi Limited in partnership with the Evangelical Church of Malawi Youth in Action Organisation on Friday challenged Bangwe residents to take the tree planting initiative seriously to restore the broken environment in the area.
Airtel Malawi Head of Enterprise Business Rachael Majiga said her company which provided 850 indigenous seedlings, takes pride to partner with the community based youth organisations.
She said the population of Blantyre City has grown exerting more pressure on the environment. She said now the residents who are feeling the pangs of deforestation have the responsibility to sustain the trees.
“As Airtel, we have done our best and I must say we have agreed that each and every Friday has to be a tree planting day. If a staff member discovers where he thinks trees can be planted then as Airtel, we will definitely accompany that person,” said Mijiga.
She also said this will help in enhancing the social dynamics of the country and that the future generations of Malawi will be able to find different natural resources easily.
Blantyre City Mayor Councillor Noel Chalamanda, who led the tree planting exercise, said although people have the right to use trees, they also have the responsibility to protect the environment.
Said Chalamanda: “I must say a lot of people do not understand the distinction between rights and responsibilities. People have to know that every right does come with a responsibility and if one has the right to use trees for whatever purpose, he must also know that he has the responsibility of taking care of the.”
He said the Council feels bad when its residents are doing things which after sometime have a negative impact on them as it has happened with the floods.
“Most residents do not know that the wanton cutting down of trees is what is affecting our sewer system and the problem we have on water pipes. Everyone has a responsibility and that we are the ones to enforce laws and not the City Council or the Police if we want Blantyre to be better,” he said.
Today’s activity by Airtel Malawi and the youth organisation supports the Keep Blantyre Clean and Green initiative launched on 1st November 2014 by the Mayor.