Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has not yet delivered on its earlier promise that it would financially assist community trusts that were dependent on revenue from hunting during the duration of the hunting ban. In an interview with Sunday Standard, Onkeme Mmolainyana of Mababe Community Trust in Ngamiland revealed that when the hunting ban was imposed, officials from the Ministry came and assured them that it will not affect them in any way because the trusts will be given assistance so that they stay afloat.
‘’Officials from the ministry came and assured us that we
will be assisted financially for a short period to help us during this
transition from hunting safaris to photographic safari. That was the last time
we saw them. They never came back to us and we have not been assisted in any
way’’ he said.
He also revealed that the officers informed them that the
money would be available immediately as it was to sourced from the National Environmental
Fund. He said they were very hopeful that they would continue operating with no
hurdles, only to be disappointed after the government officials failed to
deliver on the promise.
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