Tuesday, October 19, 2021

No policy for victims of wild life animals

Batswana living alongside wildlife animals will continue to bear the brunt inflicted by the animals as the government is still considering packages for the victims.

“Currently, we do not have a policy,” said the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, adding that the policy is still under consideration to formalise the situation.

Right on the heels of the diamond sector, tourism is providing a significant source of income to the country, with wildlife animals the main contributor.

The good source, however, conflicts with the concerns of people living next to the national parks and game reserves who find themselves fighting for space with the animals.

If they do not kill, they injure the human beings let alone destroy their crops.

“The ministry does provide in kind assistance and support to families of victims of wildlife injuries and deaths as considered appropriate by the office in charge of the area where the incident occurred,” Khama reassured Ntlo Ya Dikgosi on Thursday.

“Further to that, where there are injuries they are treated at the government health facilities.”
As for the poor unfortunate persons who met their untimely deaths through these animals, Khama hid behind the absence of policy as an excuse.

“Like I said, we do not have a policy; the packages offered will be at the discretion and subject of the officer in charge but subject to the availability of resources,” Khama concluded.

The packages offered at present include tents, fire wood and transport for the bereaved families.
Living alongside the animals at his area of jurisdiction in Chobe, Kgosi Mmualefhe raised the plight of his subjects in the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

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