Livingstonia Synod bashes Malawi govt on deforestation: Viphya Plantation now hub for illegal timber trade

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in the Livingstonia Synod has blamed government on the continued plunder of the country’s forests, arguing authorities concerned have failed to put in place “clear strategies.”

Rev Nyondo: No clear strategy

The Synod’s general secretary, Levi Nyondo, said last Saturday during the inauguration of a tree planting campaign the church undertakes every year that it “is useless for the government to deploy officers in the country’s roadblocks thinking it can arrest the problem of deforestation.”

Instead, Nyondo suggested government must deploy “more personnel” and “pump in more resources” on the attacked forest reserves to flash out encroachers and those that aimlessly cut down trees.

“We’ve left the forests at the mercy of charcoal burners who have completely ruined our Viphya Plantation and other reserves,” said Nyondo.

The Viphya Plantation, which sits on a 53 000 hectare piece of land, was once Africa’s largest man-made forest, but has been reduced to nothing by mostly illegal timber trade.

Nyondo advised government to think of bringing other sources of energy such as solar energy and making sure that ESCOM is affordable so that people do not heavily depend on charcoal and wood.

While Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister, Bright Msaka, could not be reached for comment, government spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, refused to comment on the sentiments.

He said he could not contest whatever was raised.

“The church is our advisor, so contesting against what it advises means creating a war,” said Dausi.

On his part, the synod’s Moderator John Gondwe thanked Act Alliance Malawi for supporting them with finances and 5,000 seedlings saying the project is good for the nation.

The Project, “Trees for Life, Lets Plant New Ones to Save a Life,” is being implemented with the financial support from a Church consortium called Act Alliance Malawi.

The Synod intends to plant 60 million trees in three years to build a better, free of disaster Malawi, according to Nyondo.


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Kambewa Chisale
6 years ago

Poti you have asked what tribe most of Chikangawa trees are being cut by foreigners big time . Alopwana are also involved. So it was only Kamuzu who had a vision for the betterment of MAlawi. Moya, Amagwetu, pitala onsewa useless.
Pano kwasala ndi Kusolola basi.

Mr Mondokwa
Mr Mondokwa
6 years ago

Nyondo, why you did not make your utterances when your girl Joyce was in Power? You just discovered yesterday Vipya is deforested? By the way what is the tribe that is mostly cutting down or torching the plantation?

6 years ago

Kodi boma ili pali chimene likutha? Shame…. Plunder, plunder plunder. Devil Party of Plunders (DPP)

6 years ago
Reply to  Chimanga

Ukanakhala wanzeru ukanaona kuti Nyondo mwina akudwala, boma linaletsa kudula ndikucheka matabwa mu Chikangawa forest and analowetsamo asilikali kukathana ndi anthu oonongawo, koma the same Livingstonia synod inakatenga chiletso poti ndi omwe akupindula ndiye mufuna boma litani. anthu ife akuno kuchikaya tazindikila mochedwa kuti Chikangawa forest ndi forest ya boma la Malawi osati yathu ife atumbuka ayi, mukanadziwa 10years ago kuti forest ndi yathu amalawi bwezi ife anthu akuno ku north tityamba kale kuisamalira. Harry Mkandiwire waitha nkhalangoyo bwanji osamuuza Harry kuti asiye.

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