Govt pleased with increase in prosecution of forestry crimes

Government is applauding the prosecuting agencies in the country for the rapid increase in the prosecution of crimes against individuals involved in various forestry crimes.

Some of the charcoal confiscated by the forestry department

According to the Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources, Dr. Clement Chimima the development follows a prevailing cordial working relationship the department has developed with the judiciary.

In Kasungu, two people have been ordered to pay K500, 000 and K200,000 each or serve a 24 to 30 month jail term respectively while the vehicle used to commit the crime (MN 7433) has been forfeited to the Malawi Government.

In Nkhota Kota, two people were found guilty and convicted over forestry-related crimes hence ordered to pay K240, 000 and K120,000 respectively or in default serve a 24 month jail term.

In Blantyre, a driver has been fined K50,000 for trafficking charcoal while the owner was ordered to pay K120,000 to have his vehicle released.

In Mangochi three people have been convicted for smuggling 42 bags of charcoal and ordered to pay a fine of 80,000 or in default serve a jail a 12months jail term.

Meanwhile over 10 fresh cases have been brought to court pending judgment.

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Eboue
Eboue
6 months ago

At this rate we will not have any forest remaining in our country.

Citizen
6 months ago

I read a story about a certain country in this very same Africa where government drastically slashed prices for a certain source of energy in a city of that country and then imposed a ban on charcoal. It worked. Some educated fools ( to the level of PhDs) in Malawi believe that one day charcoal business will end just because some poor Malawians are arrested and convicted. The very same fools who believe in this also use charcoal in their homes. An example of stupid interventions on environmental degredation. Does it need any education to know that charcoal business can… Read more »

Public Opinion Organisations
Public Opinion Organisations
6 months ago

Charcoal and Firewood is Sold on the Road Sides in Malawi Every place and it is Bread and Butter for Poor Families in Villages as they can Not Afford Electricity which is too Expensive

The Biggest problems with MCP they are NOT giving Any Proper Solution to Problems and that’s is why we are creating corruption and Criminals in the Country

MCP+UDF Are Use less People and Ministers

Noxy
6 months ago

This persecution is not necessary this time when electricity tarrifs are unaffordable.Government must make sure that there are alternative energy to use of charcoal or else this is just punishing poor people.Let’s just encourage growing of more trees anybody falling one tree must grow 10 trees.

Jah
Jah
6 months ago

We have no alternative energy in the country

johnM
johnM
6 months ago
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Electricity

Spark
Spark
6 months ago

Any alternatives to charcoal and firewood using, Mr. Government? Dont start fighting with no measures in place …..that is childish play

Jabulu bingiza
Jabulu bingiza
6 months ago
Reply to  Spark

True

johnM
johnM
6 months ago
Reply to  Spark

Electricity

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