Taming the wild, wild west

No nonsense: Khama is leading local delegates at the illegal wildlife conference. PICS: KEBOFHE MATHE
No nonsense: Khama is leading local delegates at the illegal wildlife conference. PICS: KEBOFHE MATHE

Between Monday and Wednesday, scores of delegates from 41 countries and 10 international organisations descend on the tourist town of Kasane, for the highest profile global meeting on illegal trade in wildlife. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI notes that under the world’s gaze, Botswana is expected to shine as a leader in anti-poaching

If the global illegal trade in wildlife can be likened to the notorious Wild West period of America’s 19th century, the sheriff with the shiny badge, gleaming spurs on the boots and glistening gun in hand would be Botswana.

“The harder we hit back, the less motivation they have and it’s about hitting back harder than what they hurt us with.  They must know that when you cross the border, you will not be welcomed with a tea party. You must know that you may not go back home with your life.”

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Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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