In an effort to combat the rising rate of deforestation in Malawi, Office of the Ombudsman (OoO) and staff on Thursday, 20th December 2018 planted 1,000 trees at Ngwangwa in the area of Traditional Authority Mtema in Lilongwe.
Speaking after the tree planting exercise, the Honourable Ombudsman Martha Chizuma said the tree planting exercise was part of their Institutional social responsibility and also a way of creating a friendly environment for their clients who mostly reside in the rural areas.
"The people that we impact most are those that are in rural areas. So as an office, we thought about mobilizing ourselves across all the regions and commence on this tree planting exercise as one way of saying thank you, and because we owe it to these people."
In addition, Chizuma said by planting the trees in the area, the officers wanted to compliment government's efforts of conserving natural resources such as soil and water through afforestation. She, therefore, appealed to the communities around Ngwangwa to take care of the trees to ensure that they survive.
In order to ensure that people are aware of the OoO, a public rally was held after the tree planting exercise where among other things officials sensitized the community on the roles and functions of the OoO, the powers of the OoO, the cases which can be investigated by the OoO, and how to report such incidences when they occur.Published by: henri Kachisi