July 3, 2017

Member of Parliament for Wa West has stated that the lack of accountability by management of the Wechau hippo sanctuary is negatively affecting the effective functioning of the tourist site.

“As it is now nobody will sponsor a program, there is no accountability, is the hippo sanctuary not generating money?” he quizzed. “The question of accountability is the issue” he said.

According to the MP, Hon. Joseph Yieleh-Chireh, 80 percent of the management committee were divisional chiefs, unfortunately, they were not accountable enough, particularly with support from Calgary zoo in Canada.

He said the planning committee of the ‘kaka’ festival of the hippos was equally not accountable, and as a result, they always resorted to collecting monies from the local communities in a bid to-organise-the-festival, but that move was not sustainable.

He called for collaboration between the planning Committee and the Ministry of Tourism, Art, and Culture to formalise the celebration with a fix day and month.

Mr Yieleh Chireh called for the fixing of a national calendar so that it would attract more patronage and partnership to develop the area and for that matter, the hippo sanctuary.

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