A storm has erupted over the government’s decision to hand Johan Calitz, a South African wildlife trophy hunter and associate of Botswana’s former environment and wildlife minister Kitso Mokaila, the exclusive right to hunt in a wildlife-rich area of northern Botswana.
Two suspected poachers were shot and killed by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) on Sunday while tracking a rhino they had shot in Moremi Game Reserve, confirming the country’s tough anti-poaching policy.
The Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) has been accused of using its anti-poaching operation as a way of concealing elephant tusks from the responsible government department and potentially using it as a conduit for ivory smuggling.
As the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism Tshekedi Khama and his brother the President Ian Khama enjoyed red carpet treatment at the recent ITB 2017 tourism fest, offices of his ministry went without water and phone connections due to unpaid bills.
Doctors who examined the body of a suspected Namibian poacher found something disturbing. Tileni Mgundhi, Joel Konopo and Ntibinyane Ntibinyane examine the consequences of Botswana’s shoot to kill policy through the eyes and voices of the survivors and the families of the dead.
Botswanan military aircraft flew in to SA to grab 20 rhinoceroses, but nobody seems to know why, says Joel Konopo.