Daily News (Botswana)

Botswana: Consultation Imminent
Keamogetse Letsholo, The Botswana Daily News
March 7, 2019

KASANE: Government will consult all stakeholders before taking a decision
on the recommendations of the cabinet sub-committee on the hunting ban,
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has told Kasane residents.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in the village on March 7, Dr Masisi said all
stakeholders would converge in Maun to discuss the report prior to
government making decision.

He said he would meet the presidents of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier
Conservation (KAZA) region ahead of the Maun meeting as the decision would
affect their countries.

The report, he explained, would also be made available for public
consumption but the final decision on the report rested with government.

Dr Masisi said it was disappointing that before government had taken any
decision on the report, some individuals had appointed themselves advocates
for wild animals at the expense of human rights.

He expressed surprise at the international community uproar that the
lifting of the hunting ban would result in massive killing of elephants and
encourage poaching.

Government, he said, did not have any plans to have elephants’ blood
flowing everywhere as even prior to the imposition of the ban, hunting was
controlled.

On other issues, President Masisi said corruption should not be tolerated
at all costs as it promoted unfair distribution of resources and services.

He said corruption should be avoided in all areas including tourism.

Dr Masisi said he wished to see Batswana taking part in the tourism
industry and an increase in the number of wealthy citizens who would enrich
the country through the payment of taxes.

He advised Batswana to take advantage of developments such as the Kazungula
Bridge and the anticipated Mosetse/Kazungula railway line to diversify the
economy and create jobs.

Dr Masisi said it was upon everybody to work towards changing the economy
from mineral based to a diversified one.

He informed his audience that Parliament would be dissolved in a few
months’ time in preparation for the general elections.

The President urged Batswana to vote for people who would be willing to
accept defeat adding that sore losers were a risk to the country’s peace
and tranquility.

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