Chase's research permit revoked

Mike Chase PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Mike Chase PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The fight over elephants’ statistics in Botswana has narrowed down to two men, both Batswana. It is the researcher versus the technocrat, Dr Michael Chase, the founder and director of Elephants Without Borders (EWB) from Kasane in Chobe versus Thato Raphaka, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism from the government enclave in Gaborone. Staff Writer THALEFANG CHARLES reports.

Government has denied Dr Chase an extension of a research permit, Mmegi has learnt. The government turned down his permit extension request in a letter from the Ministry and signed by Raphaka, dated December 17, 2018.

Chase shot to controversy last September after an explosive BBC report claiming that EWB counted 87 poached elephant carcasses in northern Botswana near a wildlife sanctuary.

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