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It only started as an idea when some Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Southern Chapter members suggested that artists should, for a change, date trees and not music lovers.

In the end, the members consulted the necessary stakeholders to help execute the plans of planting trees. It has been confirmed that Mum members are set to plant trees in Blantyre Water Board catchment area for February 4.

Mum Southern Chapter chairperson, Papa Mtume, said the idea evolved after the group witnessed the effects of cutting down trees carelessly.

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“The vice has culminated in climate change, soil erosion and floods. As artists, we devised a way to reduce the impact of climate change by planting 1, 000 trees. The trees might not benefit us but future generations,” he said.

Mtume said, apart from artists, other stakeholders will participate in the exercise. He also asked well-wishers to join the good cause.

“About 100 artists will take part in the exercise. We have written an invitation letter to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, the newly elected mayor and other stakeholders and we are just waiting for their response. We are encouraging those who would like to join us to do so because others have already joined,” Mtume said.

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After the exercise, the group will proceed to Chrichri Gardens in Blantyre where various stakeholders will deliver their speeches. There will be performances by various artists including Limbani Simenti.

This is the first time for the group to plant trees.

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