Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nyanje bemoans deforestation
By Richard Luo in Sinda
Wed 22 Jan. 2014, 14:00 CAT

CHIEFTAINESS Nyanje of the Nsenga people in Sinda district has expressed concern at the high rate of deforestation in the area.

In an interview at her palace on Friday, chieftainess Nyanje said some people in the area were indiscriminately cutting down trees for burning charcoal. She said there was a high demand for charcoal in the district.

Chieftainess Nyanje said the indiscriminate cutting of trees also contributed to climate change.

She said it was unfortunate that some people were even cutting trees in reserved and respected areas such as graveyards, saying according to tradition, it was wrong to do so.

Chieftainess Nyanje said a man was penalised after he was found cutting trees at a graveyard, adding that she would not hesitate to punish anyone found engaging in similar acts.

And Chipata Central member of parliament Reuben Mtolo Phiri has encouraged people to develop a culture of planting trees.

Phiri appealed to councillors and ward chairpersons to take part in the tree-planting exercises.

He said the government had released a lot of trees which were supposed to be planted in the constituency.

Phiri, who was on a weekend tour of the constituency, also visited some projects being implemented in the constituency.

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