Thursday, June 20, 2024

Masisi’s shadow looms over KAZA summit

President Mokgweetsi Masisi was conspicuously absent during the just ended Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) TFCA summit, but somehow, he managed to make his presence felt.

Summit corridor talk, that Botswana’s president was the grey eminence behind KASA member countries’ fight against trophy trade bans received a bump when Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the summit that, “we should agree to donate 40 000 or more elephants to Europe and see if they will manage.”

Mnangagwa was almost parroting Masisi, who during an interview with a German tabloid, BILD threatened to send 20,000 elephants to Germany.

Masisi attacked the German federal government, one of KAZA’s biggest donors, for seeking to ban the import of trophies despite Botswana’s overpopulation of elephants.

“It is very easy to sit in Berlin and have an opinion about our affairs in Botswana. We are paying the price for preserving these animals for the world,” he said.

Scores of delegates also read Masisi’s eminence grise onto SADC Chief Executive Officer, Elias Magosi’s speech.

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