Council to involve Malawi Defence Force to preserve forests  in Ntchisi

Ntchisi District Council is contemplating engaging the Malawi Defence Force in protecting its forest reserves which are under threat due to cutting trees for charcoal burning and firewood.

Ntchisi Council Chairperson Salikani Chikadza.

Speaking during the full council meeting on Tuesday, Chairperson for Ntchisi council Salikani Chikadza said he was worried with the rate at which the district was losing its forests.

He said the district had dense forests which now are turning into bare grounds despite having forest officers were there.

‘We wonder where the truck owners get the permit to load firewood and charcoal from our district. We feel the forest department is failing its job, otherwise we couldn’t lose our trees at the rate it is now. We may not have forests in the next two years, if we don’t act now,” Chikadza said.

He said the only option remaining was to involve the Malawi Defence Force to help in protecting the forests as it has been done in other areas like Dzalanyama, where it is working.

Member of Parliament for Ntchisi North East, Olipa Chimangeni, said she had witnessed forest officers taking part in charcoal business, which she said was very unfortunate.

“My house is close to Kaombe Forest Reserve and I was surprised to see a forestry officer asking me for transport, saying he had a hundred bags of charcoal that he wanted to take to town. They have let us down and action has to be taken. The officers can’t be trusted,” she remarked.

Ntchisi District Forest Officer (DFO), Victor Lusaka admitted that the district forests were under pressure from people who sneak into the forests to cut trees.

He said his office was doing everything possible to protect the forests but said their capacity was limited.

“We do patrols day and night, and we confiscate charcoal and firewood, but still the problem of deforestation continues. So we feel stakeholders at district level can help with some suggestions to rescue our forests,” the DFO said.

Lusaka conquered with the council on involving the MDF to protect the remaining forests.

Ntchisi has several forest reserves but the most affected is Ndirasadzu Forest Reserve which is 4 kilometres from Ntchisi boma.

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5 years ago

MDF has core responsibility of protecting the country’s sovereignty not forests,
dzalanyama, mulanje, & chikangawa are special environment areas hence their presence, not for every forest .
MDF ikabwera mudzayamba ndinu chairman a council kudandaula kuti akutimenyera anthu mmidzi,do something as a council osati kulekera a forestry okha,
civic educate anthu mmidzi so that they can change their mind set towards natural resources,
mukuononga nokha ndiye muziti a forestry alephera aa! ma MP s ndiye mwathetsa nkhalango inu chifukwa cha Ndale zokondweretsa anthu pamene akuononga.
stop blaming foresters

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5 years ago

A total Demotivation to the MDF,
azilonda a Forestry ali kwaani?🤔

5 years ago

Mmachedwa kuti ine ndinauzapo azodiak kuti mwina atengeko gawo poulutsa pa radio but it didn’t work out because the reporter says the forest officers at the boma were ignoring him for live coverage there fore he has no where to go
Involving the MDF its avery welcome development since our natural forest is in shambles please don’t hesitate to go there before the villagers encroach the forest for cultivation

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