03/08/2015: President Mutharika urges Malawians to conserve world life

President Peter Mutharika listens as Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema briefs him on Energy efficiency stove at the launch of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus at parliament building - Pic by Govati Nyirenda

Written by Gladys Kamakanda

Lilongwe, August 3, 2015: President Professor Peter Mutharika has urged Malawians to have a common goal in conserving world life.

Mutharika was speaking in Lilongwe Monday during the launch of Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC).

“Malawi is a beautiful country with all beautiful parks and precious natural resources, it is a country sitting on abundant riches,” said Mutharika.

The President however said for the past few years little attention has been paid to natural resources and the world life at large a development described worrisome.

Mutharika then said there was a need for a change in the way Malawians were thinking and doing things.

He said, “We can only change our country by changing the way we do things. The launching of the parliamentary conservation caucus today is a symbol that we are set to think of our natural resources differently. I am thus very proud and highly honoured to preside over the historical launch of conservation of natural resources in our country.”

Further, the President said as the country there was no any other choice rather than to conserve the resources that marks the existence of this country.

Chairperson for Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change, Welani Chilenga MP said the MPCC caucus aims to build capacity of Members of Parliament (MPs) about the value of conservation of the country’s natural resources.

“With the caucus in place, Members of Parliament will have an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas on various issues of conservation and natural resources management with fellow parliamentarians from other countries in the continent especially where such caucuses exists,” he said.

He said the aim of the caucus is to provide a platform for bridging parliamentarians drawn from all political parties within the Malawi National Assembly and other stakeholders including government related sectors.

Chilenga said the caucus also aims at undertaking several activities including raising awareness, acting as watch dog and providing oversight on environmental, conservational and natural resources management issues.

He outlined some of the challenges that the country was facing such as the highest rate of deforestation which was at 2.8 percent in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

“Worrisome enough is that Malawi forest cover now stands at less than 20.4 percent and is further declining,” he said.

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka SC said commended Mutharika for spearheading the task of conserving the environment and natural resources.

He said while in United States of America, Mutharika attended the 2015 Congressional International Conservation Caucus foundation gala that was held in Washington DC in April this year where the issue was highly discussed.

“Further and more importantly it came as no surprise that in recognition of President steering leadership in matters of conservation the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) gave a distinctive award in conservation to the President,” he explained.

He said at the gala in Washington DC the President pronounced his Government commitment to fight against world life crime in Malawi.