Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) donated 3000 seedlings to Tikondane Women’s Group at Nasala Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Maliri in Lilongwe on Friday.
ESCOM held the symbolic handover of the seedlings at Nasala Primary School, as an extension of activities celebrating the International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.
ESCOM Customer Services Manager for the Central Region McDowel Kumatso presented the donation to the group at Nasala Primary School during the handover ceremony.
“We are making the donation because we realise that in the course of doing our work of supplying electricity, we use natural resources such as trees. We need more trees to prevent soil erosion on the river banks as this also affects our service delivery indirectly,” he said.
“However, let me take advantage of this occasion to bemoan increasing cases of vandalism of ESCOM assets. It is the responsibility of all members of the community to protect these assets. Even if we are not connected to electricity, the entire community gets affected when there is no electricity access due to vandalism.”
Speaking when she received the donation, the group’s leader Bernadetter Fositala said they were determined to play their part in afforestation by planting more trees taking advantage of the rainy season.
T/A Maliri hailed ESCOM for the donation of the seedlings saying they would go a long way in complementing his area’s effort to plant more trees and conserve the environment.
Ministry of Gender representative at the ceremony, Ronald Phiri, urged traditional leaders to play a leading role in ending gender-based violence and discrimination, adding that women have a huge role to play in socio economic development.
Phiri cited legal instruments such as Gender Equality Act, Deceased Estate Act, Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and National Gender Policy that are meant to protect women.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY—Kumatso makes the seedlings’ symbolic presentation
Kumatso presents seedlings to TA Maliri
Tikondane Women planting trees