Malawi to introduce law to ‘ban’ burnt bricks – Climate Change Minister

Malawi government is considering to introduce a burnt bricks bill to control the effects of climate change.

Speaking on Thursday when she toured various sewerages and dumping sites in Lilongwe, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management, Catherine Gotani Hara, said her ministry is currently consulting various players to see how best to control or altogether ban burnt bricks.

Hara said that in the course of burning bricks, a lot of natural resources ranging from trees, soil and water are damaged which contribute greatly to damage of the environment.

Said Hara: “We hope to have the draft of the burnt bricks bill submitted to cabinet and thereafter to Parliament soon after we are through with consultations.”

Gotani-Hara: To draft bill

She however said that it was not a straight forward issue as a thorough assessment had to be done having in mind that a lot of people also depend on it for their economic livelihood.

“There is need to balance up on the need to have an economic livelihood for people maintained on one hand and on the other, critically consider the harmful effects continued damage to the environment that the burning of bricks continues to have on the country.”

During her tour that took her to Lumbadzi, Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), Mchezi,   Kanengo and Area 38 sewers and dumpsites Hara also bemoaned the uncontrolled dumping of trash anywhere especially into rivers by some citizens.

Malawi is one of the countries in the Sub Saharan Africa that is feeling the negative effects of greenhouse gasses emission that has led to drastic changes in rainfall patterns and diseases among other problems.

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