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By Calistus Bosaletswe
Former President Ian Khama’s fortress in the tourism industry, which disproportionately benefits few of his friends to the detriment of the community at large, is being dismantled every step of the way.
A 10-point plan that seeks the hunting ban to be lifted was handed over to President Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi on Thursday by Cabinet Sub-Committee appointed by the president. Led by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Frans Van Der Westhuizen, the sub-committee delved into the issue holistically and consulted stakeholders.
Under Khama’s administration, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism banned hunting of wildlife in Botswana in January 2014. The move was widely interpreted as aimed at bolstering businesses belonging to few of Khama’s friends in the photographic tourism industry – alleged proponents of the ban – to the exclusion of the majority of communities who benefit from hunting.
The ban was imposed ostensibly to shore up Khama’s conservation credentials in the eyes of the international community especially Conservation International.
Westhuizen’s committee recommends: