President Mutharika was speaking at Masasa Primary School Ground in Ntcheu when launching the National Tree Planting Season. He said environmental degradation has caused havoc in the country as many people lost their lives because of floods in 2015.
President Mutharika therefore asked people to conserve natural resources as they are important.
In his speech, the President warned that anyone found smuggling trees which are part of the environment will face the law in the country. President Mutharika said there is also need to ensure that the newly planted tree seedlings are taken care of properly.
The Malawi leader also thanked God for listening to prayers held recently as rains have started falling in the country.
The tree planting annual exercise will run for 4 months, and 60 million trees are expected to be planted across the country. The theme of this year's planting season is: Arrest deforestation, Plant trees and Conserve forests.
The Malawi leader took advantage of the occasion to warn all those stealing drugs from Government health facilities and sell them to private markets that his administration will mete out the harshest measures so as to ensure that ordinary people benefit fully from government services.
What kind of people are you to be stealing drugs and selling them as far as South Africa, Tanzania and DRC among other places? Why do you harm your country in the name of mere money? We will dismiss you from work unlike in the past when you were just being transferred to another health unit. You will be sorry when we catch you," said President Mutharika as he was responding to the request Traditional Authority Masasa made earlier asking for construction of health facilities in the area.