Malawi soldiers, police battle with villagers

Malawi army soldiers have been deployed in Dedza to battle charcoal burners, a week- long exercise that has confisticated 200 bags of charcoal as of Thursday.

Malawi Army soldiers
Malawi Army soldiers

Alick Mitawa, district forestry officer for Dedza confirmed his office was working with over 30 soldiers in a fight against deforestation in Dedza.

“We had a successful operation in Thuma forest, we managed to successfully flush out the charcoal burners and we will now be moving to Chongoni forest,” he said.

He said the exercise, which started on Monday, was initiated after a similar exercise in Dzalanyama forest.

In Kasungu, one police officer was injured after irate villagers grabbed and assaulted him as police officers were recovering bags of fertilizer meant for the farm input subsidy which villagers allegedly looted from a truck following a misunderstanding.

Sekani Tembo, officer in charge for Kasungu Police said her officers went to Chisizime village in chief Kaomba’s village to recover the fertilizer but met stiff resistance from villagers.

The police had to use teargas to disperse the angry villagers.

Eye witnesses said the village looked like a besieged battlefield as the police recovered the fertillizer in a fierce battle with the resisting villagers.

One Admarc official was arrested in connection with the theft of the Fisp fertilizer.

In Phalombe four people have been arrested after they failed to explain how they were found with 50 bags of Fisp fertillizer which they were transporting to Blantyre on Thursday.

John Chiwalo of Phalombe police said initially the suspects said they had bought the fertilizer from Admarc but when the police insisted they go to Admarc to verify, they started changing tunes.

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amfumu
amfumu
5 years ago

Without any alternative,forests will disappear in Malawi.We need sound policies (not police)on sustainable energy.Without electricity,wind or solar energy makala is the only way for the poor.Sending soldiers will work in the short term but people will not sit and be intimidated for long.Very myopic policy

mmalawi weniweni
mmalawi weniweni
5 years ago

Kodi za nyanja zili pati Ku Tz Ku ?

DOLCANO
DOLCANO
5 years ago

TUMBUKA OTEMBEREREDWA SUZALAMULIRA MALAWI KOMA NYASA REPUBLIC. NTCHEWE ZACHINYENGO. MUOTCHE MISIKA YAMBIRI BOMA LIKUPASANI NDALAMA ZOCHULUKA MPAKA NSERU.

chipie
chipie
5 years ago

Wa army “MDF”, Wamakala “charcoal burner”. ehehehe sound vry funny.

zandikhudza
zandikhudza
5 years ago

Mumati ndiphikire chani? ndi anthu angati amaphikira magetsi ku Malawi kuno. kumeneko ndiye kuganiza kopanda kusova problem. Olny 10 percent ue electricity in Malawi and Government expect to solve the problem of charcoal burning? Encourage people to plant many trees and government to provide electricity to all people.

Mphepo Zinai
Mphepo Zinai
5 years ago

In Mulanje, army deployed to contain Mulanje cedar poachers. The tree will soon be extinct. I hear yesterday alone 30 people arrested. Keep it up army!

Masiku Otsiliza
Masiku Otsiliza
5 years ago

MDF, MPS & Forest personels! what do u & ur relatives use in coocking ?! God shall ask u of ur deeds while on Earth. Be wise & careful!

Charles Tsoyo
Charles Tsoyo
5 years ago

Nyasande my country

ngongoliwa
ngongoliwa
5 years ago

A LOMWE AT WORK, THIS COUNTRY CAN’T DEVELOP AS LONG AS DULL LOMWEZ LEAD, KIBA BASI.

chizamsoka munthali
chizamsoka munthali
5 years ago

Osakamenya ndiasilika a Magufuli bwanji?????? Akutilanda nyanja mukuona

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