Mutharika blames current state of Chikangawa Forest on previous governments

President Peter Mutharika has blamed the current state of Chikangawa Forest on policies by previous governments but has said his own is working tooth and nail to reforest so that it regains its former glory.

Chikangawa forest

Chikangawa Forest, located in Mzimba District, is home to a 53 500 hectare area once touted as one of Africa’s biggest exotic plantations.

Responding to one of the questions in the Talk to the President programme monitored on state owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) by Nyasa Times Saturday Mutharika described the current situation as very sad.

“I feel bad when I drive to Mzuzu and see the state in which the Chikangawa Forest is in,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika did not mince words to blame the current state on his predecessors for relaxed policies as far as the management of the forest was concerned.

He said his government was on the look to make sure that Chikangawa Forest is reforested.

“We have instituted people to have licenses in order for them to cut trees from the Forest. We’ve the army and the police there to monitor the situation,” said Mutharika.

According to Mutharika, the other policy is that “if you cut one tree you must plant another].

He admitted having knowledge of the encroachment in the Forest, and the scuffles between civilians and the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers.

The President said “but” all was being done to protect the forest.


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5 years ago

Ndiye mwati boma la Joice Banda lidaononga nkhalango mu zaka ziwiri zokha?
mwasowa chonena baba, nzongofunika tidzale mitengo ina basi osati kuloza munthu chala……

The Partriot
The Partriot
5 years ago

Yes, the previous governments are to blame especially the DPP part 1(2004 t0 2009), where your excellency was in cabinet!
Mulli, Kaliati were given licences and did they replant the forest? Of course they did not. So if you are looking for Malawians to blame for the deforestation dont look any further.

5 years ago

Thank you Mr. President. We appreciate your concern.

5 years ago

Good that the president is concerned. Something will be done to preserve the forest.

5 years ago

zibwino kwambiri

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