NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will decide on whether to allow
game hunting after a new task force launched on Thursday
completes its findings and recommendations in the next
60 working days, a government official said in Nairobi.
the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said the
Wildlife Utilization Taskforce is composed of top
wildlife and conservation scientists mandated to advise
the government on how best to utilize its wildlife
resources to ensure maximum contribution to the national
“We want an
objective advice, not one sided. Give us the advantages
and disadvantages of each of the recommendations that
you make. Our interest is to have the best technical and
professional advice so that the measures we take are
sustainable,” Balala said.
earlier said Kenya is not about to revive game hunting
saying that will hurt Kenya’s wildlife reputation.
“We want to
keep that respect that we have earned for years,” he
said in reference to the ban that has existed on game
hunting for food or trophy since 1977.
But as the
press conference progressed, he said whether the ban
will be lifted will entirely depend on the
recommendations that the task force will give.
“If we must
reintroduce game hunting, the task force will advise us.
They need to provide us with various methods of wildlife
utilization which can withstand scientific scrutiny and
are legally defensible,” he said.
mandate of the task force is “to review policy and laws
on direct commercial exploitation of game”, according to
the Kenya Gazette.
currently keeps wildlife exclusively for tourism, a move
Balala said has not resulted in maximum use of the
He said the
wildlife resource has a huge potential to create jobs
and increase the economic contribution of the tourism
and wildlife sector into the economy.
Waithaka, formerly the deputy director of Kenya Wildlife
Service, has been appointed to head the task force.
lost much wildlife as a country and therefore we must do
everything possible to conserve their habitat. We have
lost 82 percent of some species in the last 40 years
according to a recent study. This is why any method we
can use to restore our habitats to conserve our wildlife
are welcome,” said Waithaka.
He said what
the Kenya government has done is the right thing as it
will help to evaluate what needs to be done to
sustainably benefit from tourism and wildlife resources.
Meet attracts a wide range of athletes
GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
The Gaborone International
Meet (GIM), an athletic event that is to be held at the
National Stadium in Gaborone, Botswana has received
entries from several African countries and regions.
media on Tuesday, GIM Managing Director and former
middle distance gold medalist, Glody Dube said this
year’s Commonwealth Games medalists, Isaac Makwala,
Amantle Montsho and Baboloki Thebe were expected to
headline the event.
will compete in different track events with Thebe and
Makwala hammering it out in the 200m event as part of
their Doha Diamond League competition preparation.
edition of the IAAF World Championships is scheduled to
be held between September 28 and October 6, 2019 in
we did not have the 200m [event], but we have created
the event for Makwala and Thebe. You know in private
meets like these, sometimes we are controlled by
athletes, and we can’t run away from such [things] we
need them to come and compete in our event,” Dube said.
the international athletes, he said South Africa’s
800-meter runner Caster Semenya, made it clear that she
was busy with school work and that she was too busy
preparing for the Doha meet.
Manager, Kitso Kemoeng said the event would start at
10am and different athletes would compete in different
short, middle and long distance races as well as field
will be on April 29 and has received entries from
Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Seychelles, South
Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.