Thursday, January 21, 2021

Intelligence Officer shot dead in attempt to apprehend suspect

A criminal, who was on the most wanted list and who had only been released from prison nine days earlier, gunned down one of Botswana’s most well-trained intelligence officers.
Information passed to The Sunday Standard indicates that Daniel Moilwa, 45, the intelligence officer from Mahalapye, was gunned down by a suspected military-trained Zimbabwean national while on duty in Broadhurst last week Wednesday.

He had been with the Directorate of Intelligence Services for only four months before he met his fate.
The Sunday Standard understands that Moilwa was at a house in Broadhurst where the suspect was said to be hiding and that, upon arrival, it is alleged that Moilwa, who was with a female colleague opened the door and the suspect bolted out and overpowered the deceased who is said to have dropped his pistol as he fell to the ground together with the suspect.

It is alleged that in the ensuing struggle to overpower each other, the suspect, whose name the authorities declined to say, managed to grab Moilwa’s pistol and shoot the intelligence officer.

It is further reported that after the shooting, the suspect tried to escape from the crime scene but was also shot by Moilwa’s female colleague who then screamed for assistance from the public.
The suspect was rushed to Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone where he is said to be recovering from the gunshot wounds while under heavy guard.

The station commander of Broadhurst Police Station, Superintendent Moyo, said the suspected killer had been released from prison nine days earlier after serving a year-long sentence for obtaining by false pretences.
“It is too early to suggest what could have led to the death of the intelligence officer because police investigations are still on going,” said Moyo.

It is alleged that the suspect is most wanted for high profile criminal cases in neighboring countries and that the Office of the President had already declared him a prohibited immigrant.
Moyo, however, said that he was not aware whether or not the suspect had been declared a prohibited immigrant.
Officer Moilwa is expected to be buried in Mahalapye over the weekend.

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