Thursday, October 28, 2021

BDP alleged child molester could face private prosecution if DPP pulls out

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor, Kemmonye Amon who is accused of molesting and impregnating a sixteen year old girl from Sebina village, is likely to be prosecuted despite the resistance by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) to handle the case. 

The Sebina/Gweta councillor who is accused of luring the young girl and her peers with alcohol before impregnating her has been talk of the town since last week Friday. 

Narrating the story, the sixteen year old girl’s mother said that the girl initially told the family that she was raped by a government vehicle (commonly known as BX) driver while she was commuting to school. However following further interrogation by the Police, the young girl admitted that she was forced into unprotected sex by the councillor which resulted in the now five months pregnancy. 

Although the Police have confirmed the defilement case, some members of the public suspect that there is intentional delay by both the police and the DPP to proceed with the case due to implication of some of the BDP senior party members. 

Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday Superintendent Witness Boseja confirmed a case of defilement had been reported to Sebina Police.

 “We are still investigating the matter.” Boseja said adding that he could not give much detail on the matter. 

Because of the delay, already there is call for a private prosecution from pressure groups. On Monday, Uyapo Ndadi, a partner at Ndadi law firm said that his law firm is open to the idea and willing to take the lead in a private prosecution of the alleged child molester. 

“If the DPP is not willing or unable to prosecute the case, they should say so and we will do all we can to do a private prosecution. The law allows it.” 

Ndadi quoted the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act which he said guides the process of private prosecution. 

Ndadi, who is a prominent human rights lawyer also called on Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to come on board to help ensure that the victims get justice. 

Meanwhile on Friday the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) said it condemns the defilement of children less than 18 years by any person regardless of that perpetrator’s economic, social or political standing.
“We sincerely hope that the law will take its cause in the Sebina case where Honourable Councillor Aaron is alleged to have defiled a 16 year old girl. It is our hope that the law will protect and uphold the rights of the child involved,” BONELA said.  

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