President Mutharika’s tree is missing

The tree that the Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, planted at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe to mark the official launch of the 2017/2018 Tree Planting Season is missing, The Maravi Post can reveal.

This development comes barely four months after president Mutharika, in his speech on 100 tree survival rate, had emphasized that it was imperative that Malawians cared for all trees.

In his speech on the launch Mutharika said: “The Director of Forestry says out of all the trees we plant every year 60 percent of the trees survive but this year we want 100 percent survival rate of the trees.”

The missing of the tree and several other trees planted on the launch day have raised fears among Malawians saying that it might be the case that other trees planted elsewhere in Malawi in the reforestation campaign might just as well be missing due to deforestation.

Public Relations Officer for the Department of Forestry, Sangwani Phiri said he was deeply worried with the missing of the president’s tree.

“Don’t tell me that this is true, honesty this is a worrisome situation,’’ Phiri wondered.

At the official launch the Malawi leader stated that trees were a valuable commodity on earth adding that the launch was his personal pledge to Government’s commitment to building a sustainable future for Malawi.

The Department of Forestry through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has embarked on a training exercise of forest guards to guard forests. So far over 34 forest guards have been trained in firearms usage and are awaiting posting instructions from the department.

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