Thursday, October 28, 2021

Key witness in murdered Fairgrounds CEO attacked

Botswana Police Service (BPS) is considering providing a 24 hour security protection to potential key witnesses in the murder case of former Fairgrounds Chief Executive Officer Michael Montshiwa. He was shot dead at his residential house in Block 6 late last year.

This comes after reports surfaced this week that one of the key witnesses is fighting for his life at Bokomoso Private Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Police detectives are trying to piece together information in an effort to establish what could have led to the witness, a bank executive, being admitted in hospital. 

The key witness in question has written a police statement in which he stated that the bullet that was allegedly used to kill Montshiwa belonged to him. 

Information gathered by The Telegraph this week suggests that both the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Botswana Police Service (BPS) are considering providing potential key witnesses in the Montshiwa murder case with 24 security protection as they strongly believe that key witnesses could be targeted. It is feared that should this turn out to be the truth, it could be a heavy blow to their case. 

The wounded state witnesses in question was brutally attacked and dumped in Mmopane block 9 by unknown assailants at the weekend.

It is reported that last Friday, the witness (names known to this publication) had a come-together session with friends at one of the restaurants at Airport Junction shopping mall.

The witness later told his friends that he had to meet someone in Block 9 and promised to return but he never did. Since last Friday his whereabouts were unknown and his family went to report him to the police as a missing person.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that he was found in a pool of blood in the early hours of Monday by a patrolling police team who rushed him to hospital in a critical condition. 

Sir Seretse Khama police station commander Bannetse Keakile told The Telegraph this week that they have opened a docket of a missing person after his family reported that he was missing. 

 “As we speak I have sent my investigating officers to Mogoditshane police to establish whether he might be the person that we are looking for or not. Let me also add that he is being hospitalised,” he said.

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