Malawi observes a national tree planting season from December of one year to April of the following year. In that regard, Chief Justice Rizine R. Mzikamanda, SC on 20th January, 2023 led the Judiciary in a tree planting exercise. The ceremony took place at Chisenjere Magistrate Court in Blantyre.
The function was attended by judicial officers, members of staff of the Judiciary, Senior Chief Kapeni, the community around the Court, officials from First Capital Bank and from the Zone Forestry Office/South.
In his speech, the Honourable Chief Justice thanked everyone for sparing their time to grace the occasion. In particular, he expressed gratitude to Senior Chief Kapeni for accepting that the function takes place in his jurisdiction, and First Capital Bank for providing golf shirts which were worn on the day and to the Zone Forestry Office, South for providing the tree seedlings and technical support.
In total, five hundred (500) tree seedlings were planted on the day, out of which, fifty (50) were Pterocarpus angolensis (Mlombwa) and four hundred fifty (450) were acacia.
The Honourable Chief Justice urged the Magistrates and members of staff of Chisenjere Magistrate Court to take good care of the trees planted. Trees are important because among other things, they release oxygen which human beings breathe and they also improve land’s capacity to adapt to climate change.
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