Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Griffin Supuni-Phiri: "Apart from protecting the country from external enemies, MDF has a constitutional obligation to protect the country from internal enemies. Deforestation is a huge security risk. It leads to conflict".
Government has indefinitely closed Mzimba-based Viphya Plantation, popularly known as Chikangawa Forest, to all loggers without concessions effective November 1 this year.
According to the Department of Environmental and Climate Change Affairs Spokesperson, Sangwani Phiri, the closure is aimed at stopping all the timber logging activities in the plantation which has faced massive depletion in recent years.