Saturday, December 2, 2023

Former BDP activist’s wife knifed to death over P400

The wife of former Botswana Democratic Party activist Olebeng Ngwakwena was brutally murdered by her gardener over a P400 wage dispute in full view of her four-year-old child at her house in Block 6.

Gaborone West police station commander Superintendent Agreement Mapeu confirmed that his station was investigating a case in which the young gardener, James Peoesile, allegedly stabbed the woman to death with a sharp instrument last Wednesday.

He said police received a call from the gardener confessing to have killed the woman and indeed upon response the victim was found with several stab wounds lying in a pool of blood.

“The woman was taken to hospital where she was certified dead. Investigators have not recovered the instrument that was used to take the deceased’s life,” Mapeu said.

He said though the investigations are still ongoing it has emerged that the deceased owed the suspect an amount of money that has not be determined yet. The names of the deceased have not been released until her next of kin are informed.

A heartbroken Ngwakwena told this publication that the family trusted the young man who used a knife to kill his wife in front of their child.

He explained that the suspect was employed as a gardener but could not execute his work accordingly and both parties agreed to part ways. He was owed about P400 which he was still to be paid.

Meanwhile, Peoesile appeared before the Gaborone Village Magistrate’s Court last Friday charged with a single count of murder and was remanded in custody pending another appearance after 14 days.


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