‘Khama’s trophy hunting ban campaign unfortunate’


FRANCISTOWN: The president of the Botswana, Hotel, Travel and Tourism Workers Union (BHCTTWU), Olebogeng Digapeng, says efforts by former president Ian Khama to lobby the United Kingdom lawmakers to impose a ban on trophy hunting products and imports are unfortunate.

Trophy hunting is a major source of livelihood for communities who live side by side with wild animals not only in Botswana but in Southern Africa. During Khama’s presidency, trophy hunting was banned only to be reinstated following the ascendance of Mokgweetsi Masisi to the presidency.

In an interview with Mmegi, Digapenng said it boggles the mind why Khama, a well known conservationist, chose to disregard expert evidence that controlled trophy hunting was beneficial to the environment and communities living in the vicinity of wildlife areas. Digapeng stated that it is a well-known fact that wild animals like elephants are now found in places where they never existed because their population has significantly increased. “These elephants cause untold damage to the environment and people’s property when they look for water and food.

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