Activist applauds govt over Chikangawa forest closure


Environmental activist Godfrey Mfiti has commended Malawi government for closing Viphya plantations popularly known as Chikangawa forest in a move to restore the pride of the country’s manmade forest.

The department of natural resources in Malawi took the action after reports of continued depletion of trees at Chikangawa despite various agreements that were put in black and white with timber milling companies.

Chikangawa Forest now closed.

The forest has also been a victim of misunderstandings between government and timber millers such that millers set fire to parts of the forest after they failed to resolve issues sparking controversy among the two parties.

Commenting on the closure of the 54,000 hectare forest, Mfiti said the action will narrow down the challenges that have hit hard the forest.

“The government of Malawi has done good to close the forest in view of a

Godfrey Mfiti
Godfrey Mfiti: This is great news for our environment.

possible evaluation on how it can be managed sustainably. There is a need for an effective Public Private Partnership,” he said.

He further tipped government to take community participation and lead role in using indigenous knowledge in conserving the forest arguing that it will help build a culture of responsibility on the forest among the residents surrounding.

“Community involvement in managing forests and mountains has proved to be a sustainable solution,” said Mfiti in an interview with Malawi24.

Chikangawa forest has of late witnessed depletion of trees through man’s activities fueled by poverty and poor policy implementation.



  1. Poor Malawians don’t feel so exited with the government who breaks your legs and gives you ndodo so that u can walk….can’t you see the politics behind this…?everything in this country is wrong…lets wake up !!

  2. Koma a kapokola athuwa m’magwiritsa ntchito za ziii. Kulondera ana a mitengo kwinako a kulondera nyanja (madzi).

  3. nkhalango yake iti atsekayo ? mesa mitengo anamaliza andalewa ? whom r u fooling ? ingomalizitsaninso ndi mapiliwo mulimemo misewu paja ndizo amalawi amakonda.

  4. @Esther NyaMkandawire So, ntheee ivo mukuyoboya Apo alongosi, nisuzgo ilo sono kuMalawi uko, sokuti wazakalutizge kuwusa kufumaso 2019 ndikuti kumpoto palindede Apo??? Kwali manyi Malawi yanunka uheeeni sono ncalopo chaaaa!!! Ico sono. Kaya poti anthu akumuziko sacedwa kuiwala zomwe ananena Muluzi ndikuzamvoteranso 2019 kayatu. Ndiyetu kulira mpakana kalekare.

  5. Kutseka ngalanga nde bodzslo.a boma omwro amankha nanyengelera asilkali ndi ndalama zambiri nkumadulabe mitengo.Imalizeni ngalango ya gogoKamuzu mtchuke ndinu.Inu a Dpp yanu munadzala kuti? mpake anakugohometsani ku mulanje bkz anaona kuti mulibe masomphenya mixiiest

  6. #@Michael Nkhonjera Ucant compare Kamuzu and these lobbers for todays Malawi’s readers, indeed they just focus on whow they can get rich themselves, no mind for development & people they just know how to cheat people during the time for campaigns.

  7. Kamuzu was wiser person concerning on development in other side not these we called nowdays leaders they r just focusing on stealing government fund to improve their living standards of themselves not as general

  8. Nothing commendable here. They depleted the forest and now want to fool us that they are doing something. Taxes being spent now after stealing millions from timber sales.

  9. I wish the Chikangawa forest was named after the late Kamuzu. His vision is up to now benefiting millions of people. That great had no nepotism, no regionalism, arogant free. R. I. P Kamuzu.

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