Monday, March 1, 2021

Air Botswana planes radar batteries stolen

Scores of airplane radar back-up batteries at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKA) have been stolen after unidentified burglars forced their way in without detection sometime last week.

Information gathered by this publication suggests that some employees at the airport are at the centre of police investigations following the mysterious disappearance of radar batteries.

It is understood that last week Wednesday some officials at the airport discovered about 40 radar batteries were stolen.

It has since emerged that Civil Aviation Authorities of Botswana (CAAB) officials conducted an internal investigation to establish whether there was some elements of negligence that could be handled internally or if it needed police intervention.

It is further understood that the suspected burglars used security codes to open the facility where the batteries were stored.

“Some officers might have connived with security guards to execute this kind of mission,” said an officer at CAAB who spoke on condition of anonymity as she is not authorized to speak to the media.

Station commander Seretse Khama Police Station superintendent Bannetse Keakile told the Sunday Standard that he was “not in a position to discuss this matter with the press.”

Contacted for comment, CAAB spokesmen Modipe Nkwe said that last Wednesday it was discovered that radar batteries were allegedly stolen and the matter was reported to the police for further investigations.

Asked whether the theft could be an inside job, he replied that “I am not sure but police investigation will determine whether it was an inside job or not.”

“I am hopeful that the perpetrators will be arrested and let me assure members of the public that security is now tight at SSKA, “he said.       

Meanwhile security insiders at the airport claimed that the security status in and outside the “airport is below international standard.”

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