The Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) has planted 4500 trees on the shores of Nkulumadzi River at Mulongolora Village in Mwanza District to mark the beginning of its 2020 tree planting season.
Speaking during the launch ceremony, EGENCO Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya said tributaries such as Nkulumadzi river are important for power generation as they contribute to water in the Shire River which is the main source of water for its hydro power stations.
“When rivers such as Nkulumadzi dry, we receive less water for generating electricity at our power stations. It is, therefore, important for us that the environment around these rivers is conserved.” Said Liabunya.
Guest of honor at the ceremony, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Patrick Matanda, commended EGENCO for their work of restoring the environment and urged them to continue.
This year alone, EGENCO plans to plant 8000 trees along the Shire River catchment area and at its Power Stations.
Apart from yearly tree planting exercises, EGENCO has also provided MK130 million funding to SHIRE BEST to be used in its work of restoring the Shire River catchment area.