" Mangochi district commissioner (DC) the Reverend Moses Chimphepo has asked development partners in the district to support projects aimed at fighting environmental degradation. The DC said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesdaz on the sidelines of a full council meeting held at Mangochi Town Council Hall".
"Senior Chief Nankumba of Mangochi has accused some officials from the Department of Forestry of fueling deforestation in the district. Some officers in the department issue letters of permission to local residents to cut down trees, which makes it difficult for traditional leaders to intervene."
"A leaked Department of Forestry report has revealed that the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) military operation aimed at restoring sanity in Viphya Plantations in the Northern region has instead turned into money-generating initiative for some senior soldiers."
"Last November, rangers in Lengwe National Park arrested 35 illegal loggers within the park boundaries as they felled timber with a half-million dollars worth of equipment brought in via an illegal road from neighbouring Mozambique."
Mulanje District Forestry Officer Lemos Mlaviwa: "The problem is juge. Most of the timer is from Mulanje cedar and blue gum trees from the mountain. The mountain has lost about 500 hectares of vegetation at Chambe Basin, many Mulanje cedar trees at Mulanje Mounatin Plateay and other types of trees from other parts of the mountain".
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".
"LIVINGSTONIA Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian has said there is need for the country to find firewood usage in order to address environmental degradation. Moderator of the Synod, Reverend john Gondwe, said this on Saturday during the Synod's inauguration of a tree planting campaign called tree Cover Malawi project".
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.