Saturday, December 3, 2022

Dangerous criminal leaves wardens guarding empty toilet

One of Botswana’s most dangerous criminals, Botsi Kefitile, escaped from police custody at Dibete on Friday morning.

A good number of both police and secret service officers have been pulled out from their respective stations to mount a search for Kefitile, with the help of helicopters and sniffer dogs.

It is believed that some members of both the Botswana Police and Prison warders, who were escorting Kefitile, are likely to be charged with negligence following his escape.

A series of road blocks have already been mounted between Dibete and Gaborone, along A1 Highway between Gaborone and Francistown.

Information reaching Sunday Standard suggests that Kefitile was under heavy escort as he was being transported from Gaborone Central Prison to Serowe where he was due to appear before a magistrate to answer charges of armed robbery.

It is alleged that as they approached Dibete, Kefitile told the escort team that he had to go to the toilet and the officers detoured to the nearby Dibete Police Station and two warders escorted him all the way to the toilet.

Kefitile is then alleged to have jumped through the toilet window and disappeared while, outside, the two warders continued to wait for him to finish his call of nature.

After a while, the two officers allegedly tried to call the suspect out of the toilet but there was no response from the inside.

After they realized that their prisoner had escaped, the heavily armed officers fanned out all over Dibete in search of Kefitile.

More police and secret service personnel in helicopters and with sniffer dogs were called to assist in the search.

Police are said to be concerned that if not quickly apprehended, the escapee might harm key witnesses who are expected to testify against him in a series of criminal cases.

In a statement, police are appealing to members of the public to assist with information that may lead to the re-arrest of the escapee, a male Botswana citizen of Molepolole and aged 25 years.
The press statement states that Kefitile is currently a convict, serving a long term prison sentence for murder.

He was wearing a brown jacket, grey trousers and white Nike trainer sneakers.

The public is advised not to confront the suspect as he is considered dangerous.

The police say they will value and treat with confidentiality any information that could lead to his arrest. Any such information must be communicated to CID Headquarters at the following Telephone Numbers: 3914 945, 364 2300/02, 999 or any nearest police station.

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