Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka has appealed to youths in the country to take a leading role in the conservation of natural resources and environment.
Msaka said this on Tuesday at Thunduwike in Mzimba where he inaugurated and handed over the K63 million ($112,500) 42-kilometre electric fence constructed around Vwaza Wildlife Reserve.
The minister noted that in the past, Malawi had perennial flowing rivers, mountains covered with a variety of vegetation.
Said Msaka: “Our ancestors bequeathed to us land with perennial flowing rivers and with mountains covered with various trees. But we have destroyed such environment and there are no longer flowing rivers.”
He said he had deliberately singled out the youths to take up protection of the environment crusade because, unlike their elders who are in twilight of their life, the youths have a whole future ahead of them.
Speaking earlier, Senior Chief Mpherembe of Mzimba commended government for constructing the electric fence barrier which, he said, will prevent wild animals such as elephants from wreaking havoc in areas surrounding Vwaza Game Reserve. n