Parliamentary committee hails convictions of charcoal burners

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The parliamentary committee on natural resources and the environment has commended the judiciary for giving stiff punishments to charcoal burners.

This follows the conviction of eight people to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour each by the Lilongwe High Court.

The eight were arrested for felling trees and using them to burn charcoal.

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Parliamentarian committee setting a stand.

Chairperson for the committee, Werani Chilenga, said the committee is happy that that the judiciary is giving stiff punishments to people found with forest products.

”We must recommend the judiciary for the good development but we wish the punishments were stiffer than the current ones,” said Chilenga.

He added that there is need for concerted effort to end environmental degradation.

Currently, some parts of the country are experiencing dry spells which experts say have been partly caused by massive cutting down of trees in the country.

Most households in the country collect and use fuel wood as their main source of cooking energy.

Poverty is also believed to contribute to environmental degradation in the country as most people cut trees in order to burn charcoal.

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  1. In developed countries electricity works together with gas, making peoples life easily for their needs, and in Malawi’s Urban and rural areas, where is Gas?
    As you are pondering now with Tanzanian about gas in our lake Malawi, where is the outcomes?
    Secondly is on coal issue that Malawi itself has the cleanest coal in the world found in part of Mzimba district,
    When will miming start to produce coal and support energy’s consumption?
    You are totally wrong Mtalika with your guys, to silence Innocent Malawians like fools in this regard.

  2. electricity is a problem even here in south africa.lets talk justice,charcoal burning is bad.lets seriously take strong measure since when drought is resulted people insult government.forgetting that charcoal burners are causatives.however imprisonment is good,but just know that they need their own newly built prison since more people are jobless.charcoal burners more than half million in Malawi.

  3. electricity is a problem even here in south africa.lets talk justice,charcoal burning is bad.lets seriously take strong measure since when drought is resulted people insult government.forgetting that charcoal burners are causatives.however imprisonment is good,but just know that they need their own newly built prison since more people are jobless.charcoal burners more than half million in Malawi.

  4. We earn the leaving through burning charcol to sell it then we bring food on the table.gorvement before u bring out this story u must promote something like gas,or paraffin stove and reducing price of electricity.make the availability of this things.i think pipo will stop burning chacorl.

  5. When applying a punishment to any individual state in mind that there is enough service to the low or item u a defending not to be broken.
    Charcoal comes to a life line to all Urban a and Rural Malawians due to high electricity tariff of which is the most expensive in the world.
    To rural dwellers eish! Shame on you Mtalika,
    Do u count on ur supply of energy to the local Malawians?
    Bring electricity to local doors so that ur practise of punishing poor Malawians will come to an end.
    Blame on yourself Mr. Mtalika that u are a failure for service delivery.
    Arresting Malawians on this bill is an assault to their Rights.

  6. When applying a punishment to any individual state in mind that there is enough service to the low or item u a defending not to be broken.
    Charcoal comes to a life line to all Urban a and Rural Malawians due to high electricity tariff of which is the most expensive in the world.
    To rural dwellers eish! Shame on you Mtalika,
    Do u count on ur supply of energy to the local Malawians?
    Bring electricity to local doors so that ur practise of punishing poor Malawians will come to an end.
    Blame on yourself Mr. Mtalika that u are a failure for service delivery.
    Arresting Malawians on this bill is an assault to their Rights.

    • Why are they arresting people before implementing other cooking altanetives.
      Can every one afford gas, paraffin, and is electricity at any house . Is blackouts over now
      I agree with your point.

    • Why are they arresting people before implementing other cooking altanetives.
      Can every one afford gas, paraffin, and is electricity at any house . Is blackouts over now
      I agree with your point.

    • Blind leadership will always dodge peoples voice like Mtalika’s administration.
      Electricity supply (Energy) in Malawi is the worst, most expensive amongst all African countries, African Energy’s Body confirms.
      Arresting people won’t change anything to bring back Afforestation absences.
      Implement a solution first, that coming with iron fist to the people’s rights.

    • Blind leadership will always dodge peoples voice like Mtalika’s administration.
      Electricity supply (Energy) in Malawi is the worst, most expensive amongst all African countries, African Energy’s Body confirms.
      Arresting people won’t change anything to bring back Afforestation absences.
      Implement a solution first, that coming with iron fist to the people’s rights.

  7. You can’t stop them from burning charcoal its better to encourage people to plant more trees and this its more effective if you involve students and churchies to boost that programme

  8. You can’t stop them from burning charcoal its better to encourage people to plant more trees and this its more effective if you involve students and churchies to boost that programme

  9. Pofuna Kupanga Lamulo Choyamba Muzitiganizila Ife Anthu Akumudzi,look Ngakhale A Forest Akalanda Makala Amawatenga Kukaphikila And Again Mabwanawo Omwe Ali Pa Mwamba Kupanga Lamulo Lets Visit Their Homes You Will Discover Bags Of Charcoal,magesi Kuno Kumudzi Kulibe Bola Inu U Have An Altanative,inde Anthu Akuwononga Chilengedwe K6a Nanga Mavutowa Muwathesa Bwanji?

  10. Ambuye paja munatiuza kuti ndakupatsa zones zomera madzi,zinyama,mitengo,nsomba ndi zonse pa genesis paja kuti ndigwiritse nchito.koma lero akuti sizanga ndi za eni ake .akumandilanga ndikati ndigwiritse ntchito.nditani ambuye pamenepa.

  11. Ambuye paja munatiuza kuti ndakupatsa zones zomera madzi,zinyama,mitengo,nsomba ndi zonse pa genesis paja kuti ndigwiritse nchito.koma lero akuti sizanga ndi za eni ake .akumandilanga ndikati ndigwiritse ntchito.nditani ambuye pamenepa.

  12. Am very happy that now people who are practising this environmental destruction are convicted.We Malawians who lives in rural areas are greatly affected by this malpractice which results to poor rains that in turn comes up with hunger.In the suburb am living in many people burn charcoal but the forest officer does nothing to eradicate this problem,Therefore I would like to ask government that also these people whom you entrusted to foster environmental protection should be taught how they can help us because if we report to them they do nothing.Charcoal burning profits only few people leaving many suffering.Am from Mzimba T.A. Mpherembe.

  13. This therefore open doors for biogas enterprises to start. Eventually we will hav affordable,effective and effocient alternative source of energy rather rotten escom electricityenergy.

  14. Timavota tokha lero ndi izi zatimela pamutu ufulu tinkaufuna uja ena akuuwononga u give them this stiff punishment if I may ask, Who is to support their respectively families?.Or mudawapasako business ina apart from yowotcha makalayi iwo nkuilephera? Or either mudawalembako ntchito zabwino nkukana? God y always poor pple are suffering in Malawi?.Dziko lapansi likomeradi anthu achuma ndithu.Ntchito zimene mukulembana pachibale.Koma note that our time will come pangatalike pangatani

    • “Who will care for there families”

      If we went by that mentality a lot of people would be free. If those people where smart they would have gone to school, if they didn’t have the means and where unlucky, they should’ve been smarter in choosing the “businesses” they do, they are destroying the environment. There action are causing erosion, droughts, flash floods and they are destroying animal habitats. Yes Malawi has failed itself since independence. Yes all Malawians want is quick money. But we’ll never get back on the horse if this goes on. We heavily rely on agriculture, which i find is a bad move coz nature is not that trust worthy, but deforestation needs to stop. Without trees where will your beloved rains come from? What will hold that soil together? God?

    • “Who will care for there families”

      If we went by that mentality a lot of people would be free. If those people where smart they would have gone to school, if they didn’t have the means and where unlucky, they should’ve been smarter in choosing the “businesses” they do, they are destroying the environment. There action are causing erosion, droughts, flash floods and they are destroying animal habitats. Yes Malawi has failed itself since independence. Yes all Malawians want is quick money. But we’ll never get back on the horse if this goes on. We heavily rely on agriculture, which i find is a bad move coz nature is not that trust worthy, but deforestation needs to stop. Without trees where will your beloved rains come from? What will hold that soil together? God?

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  16. Some comments are stupid and nosense. Let put in chiChewa lyk this: kodi amphawi owotcha makalawo ngati alandira stiff punishment kodi mukuwona kuti umphawi wao utha? Kodi mitengo amadula ndikuwotchayo ndi ya amanu? Kodi mukawaletsa kuwotcha ndi kugulitsa makala muwapezera ntchito yoti azigwira kuti azipeza zosowa za pa banja pawo?
    That’s stupid. Bwanji amphawife mumafuna kutipondereza yet zomwe tikugwiritsa ntchitozo ndi zomwe Chauta anatipatsa?

  17. Some comments are stupid and nosense. Let put in chiChewa lyk this: kodi amphawi owotcha makalawo ngati alandira stiff punishment kodi mukuwona kuti umphawi wao utha? Kodi mitengo amadula ndikuwotchayo ndi ya amanu? Kodi mukawaletsa kuwotcha ndi kugulitsa makala muwapezera ntchito yoti azigwira kuti azipeza zosowa za pa banja pawo?
    That’s stupid. Bwanji amphawife mumafuna kutipondereza yet zomwe tikugwiritsa ntchitozo ndi zomwe Chauta anatipatsa?

  18. Some comments are stupid and nosense. Let put in chiChewa lyk this: kodi amphawi owotcha makalawo ngati alandira stiff punishment kodi mukuwona kuti umphawi wao utha? Kodi mitengo amadula ndikuwotchayo ndi ya amanu? Kodi mukawaletsa kuwotcha ndi kugulitsa makala muwapezera ntchito yoti azigwira kuti azipeza zosowa za pa banja pawo?
    That’s stupid. Bwanji amphawife mumafuna kutipondereza yet zomwe tikugwiritsa ntchitozo ndi zomwe Chauta anatipatsa?

  19. Magetsi daily kuzima,mnyumba mwa a Judge matumba amakala alim6 mwa aminister chimodzimodzi koma lamulo lawazemba omangidwa ndi azanga ndiine opanda chilichonse,the voiceless

  20. Magetsi daily kuzima,mnyumba mwa a Judge matumba amakala alim6 mwa aminister chimodzimodzi koma lamulo lawazemba omangidwa ndi azanga ndiine opanda chilichonse,the voiceless

  21. Magetsi daily kuzima,mnyumba mwa a Judge matumba amakala alim6 mwa aminister chimodzimodzi koma lamulo lawazemba omangidwa ndi azanga ndiine opanda chilichonse,the voiceless

  22. Is goverment giving other means of cooking
    Can people afford paraffin ?
    Can people afford electrcty ?
    Do we have electrcty full time ?
    Does everyone have electrcty?
    If the answer is yes then they can go ahead with that law but if no ,
    Why treating people without alternative
    It’s no all malawians who can aford electrcty and paraffin

    • In Zimbabwe the don’t burn charcoal but y r they having droughts all the time
      What am saying is the should put alternatives of cooking and affordable before arresting people

    • In Zimbabwe the don’t burn charcoal but y r they having droughts all the time
      What am saying is the should put alternatives of cooking and affordable before arresting people

    • The problem with us is that we always look up to govt. We can’t think on our own. Govt have institutions of higher learning where we have programmes to do with energy sources

    • The problem with us is that we always look up to govt. We can’t think on our own. Govt have institutions of higher learning where we have programmes to do with energy sources

    • Think of people who are not working
      Their earning is half dollar a day or less. What type of means can they use in cooking their meals.
      Think of those who don’t have electrcty in their homes.
      To me am able at any level, even gas I can 24/ 7/ 365. But think of those who can’t manage at my level
      Who can’t afford a litler of parraffin or gas even electricity atlo ……
      Ukakhala muntengo usati pansi palibe mame.

    • Think of people who are not working
      Their earning is half dollar a day or less. What type of means can they use in cooking their meals.
      Think of those who don’t have electrcty in their homes.
      To me am able at any level, even gas I can 24/ 7/ 365. But think of those who can’t manage at my level
      Who can’t afford a litler of parraffin or gas even electricity atlo ……
      Ukakhala muntengo usati pansi palibe mame.

  23. ndikovuta kuti munthu wachuma akavomeleze kuti alipo anthu ovutika amene amagona ndinjala chifukwa choti iwowo ali ndizonse zofunika pamoyo kodi munthu ungamaotche makala uli ndizonse zofunika pamoyo? mudzifunse komanso muziyankhe

  24. de 1st point dey gorgot z dat,judiciary ,cabinet ministers & o mps staff,dey hav access to electrucity,while 80% of pple rely on wood & charcol,so b4 come with dis point,dey hav to find come up with clear solution on hw to help us poor pple,mukakhuta coffee wanuyo,musamaganize zopepela ayi,find altenative way

  25. de 1st point dey gorgot z dat,judiciary ,cabinet ministers & o mps staff,dey hav access to electrucity,while 80% of pple rely on wood & charcol,so b4 come with dis point,dey hav to find come up with clear solution on hw to help us poor pple,mukakhuta coffee wanuyo,musamaganize zopepela ayi,find altenative way

  26. ichi ndechamba azathu ku zambia ogulisa malasha akugula ma prazma ena anatola chikwama mumakalamo inu muli bizzy kumanga kamalasha!oky mundiyakhe fuso ili kodi makala omwe mumawalanda anthuwa mumapita nawo kuti?kodi ndi apolice angati omwe sagwilisa ntchito makala?y mphwiyo master of cash ggate ceremony sakumangidwa yet biZzy kumuthila unyolo mphwawi uyu okana kuba kukaotcha makala omwe inu mabwanaso so called aa OC or surgent or copolo ujeni mukugulaso kwambili?

  27. ichi ndechamba azathu ku zambia ogulisa malasha akugula ma prazma ena anatola chikwama mumakalamo inu muli bizzy kumanga kamalasha!oky mundiyakhe fuso ili kodi makala omwe mumawalanda anthuwa mumapita nawo kuti?kodi ndi apolice angati omwe sagwilisa ntchito makala?y mphwiyo master of cash ggate ceremony sakumangidwa yet biZzy kumuthila unyolo mphwawi uyu okana kuba kukaotcha makala omwe inu mabwanaso so called aa OC or surgent or copolo ujeni mukugulaso kwambili?

  28. Thats very good idea,but what would be the solution?coz its not everyone can afford to use electricity everyday and its not every1 amene ali ndi magetsi………find a solution for for the poor,,,coz we know that you can manage to do that……zikomo.

    • We never are, are we? We expect Malawi to get better in a year, thats impossible. We need a series of good leaders that have the best for the country at heart and us citizens doing our part. Stupidity is repeating the same thing over and over expecting a different result. This us what we’re currently doing

  29. Abwana mumakwanila khawulisani aphawiwo muchuke ndi inu koma zowona magesi m’mene akuvutilamu kuphika (msima yokha pamagesi ndi K650.00) nanga ndiwo madzuloso chimodzimodzi.awa ndimalawi amoto jahena mwana

  30. apa palibe njira zotetezela magesiwo ukapanga ukayitasisa kuti azakuikile eeeee zakazitatu tiyeni kuthima kosayamba bill sizamtendelenso kupanga chiwembu anthu awo omwe how azilonda,amaganyu ndi ena onse apanganji driving licence eee tisachite kukamba udriver kukhomela kokha
    ndinkhondo passport ija mmmm ndichani chani nanga malawi uja kuombola tikatundu takunja tija simmene kwavutila ok wammwamba ndiyemwe akuziwa .

  31. Well good idea bt let me blame the govt on the other hand by not supplying us with enough electric power as a result we are forced to buy charcoal…if i may ask who can be tempted to buy charcoal whilst having enough power at a cheap price?i guess u know the answer.’onani chatsisa zaye kuti njovu ithyoke nyanga.

  32. Well good idea bt let me blame the govt on the other hand by not supplying us with enough electric power as a result we are forced to buy charcoal…if i may ask who can be tempted to buy charcoal whilst having enough power at a cheap price?i guess u know the answer.’onani chatsisa zaye kuti njovu ithyoke nyanga.

  33. Well good idea bt let me blame the govt on the other hand by not supplying us with enough electric power as a result we are forced to buy charcoal…if i may ask who can be tempted to buy charcoal whilst having enough power at a cheap price?i guess u know the answer.’onani chatsisa zaye kuti njovu ithyoke nyanga.

  34. Let the judiciary do its job…That punishment is not stiff at all..The damage and harm that those ppl cause to our environment can not be restored or sorted within 6 months…Let it be a lesson to others….

  35. Let the judiciary do its job…That punishment is not stiff at all..The damage and harm that those ppl cause to our environment can not be restored or sorted within 6 months…Let it be a lesson to others….

  36. Let the judiciary do its job…That punishment is not stiff at all..The damage and harm that those ppl cause to our environment can not be restored or sorted within 6 months…Let it be a lesson to others….

  37. Kumalawi ntchito zikusowa anthu owotcha makala amapanga izi kaamba ka umphawi nde mukuwamanga kusiya zigawenga zoopsya kodi mufuna tidziphikira chani zimenezo ndizachibwana

  38. reduce electricity tarrif so that we all can use electricty for cooking not only you mps. otherwise this shall never end becouse 90% of Malawian use Charcoal becouse we cannot afford electricty.

  39. If government would provide electricity people would not need charcoal,

    What does the government expect me to use to cook nsima,

    Provide me alternative to charcoal or wood until then what do you expect me and many other people to use who do not have electricity,