The Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi got a rude awakening Friday morning when he found out thieves had broken into his bedroom while he was asleep and made away with cellphones belonging to him and his wife.
Mmolotsi was asleep in the main bedroom with his wife at their family home in Francistown when thieves gained access through the window and picked the phones which were placed next to their bed. Confirming the incident to Sunday Standard Friday evening, the still visibly shaken MP said although he was grateful none of his family members were hurt, he was worried at the thought of what may have happened had one of them woken up, which may have led to the thieves applying physical force on them.
Mmolotsi suspects the intruders may have drugged them into deep sleep because they only woke around 8am, feeling tired, even though his wife was supposed to have gone to work at 7am and they’re usually wide awake by 6am.
Mmolotsi is hopeful that the police will be able to trace the thieves because they have since discovered that the thieves transferred airtime from one of the phones to another strange number through the nzamela application where users are able to transfer airtime to other cellphone users. The break in at Mmolotsi’s house happens at a time when there is talk of a hit-list aimed at opposition politicians. He is not the first opposition politician to be targeted by thieves in the build up to the upcoming general elections. The leader of Umbrella for Democratic Change, Duma Boko, has had his house in Tlokweng broken into twice. On the day Botswana Movement for Democracy leader Gomolemo Motswaledi died in a car accident near Ramatlabama, his personal assistant’s house got broken into and a laptop was stolen.
DIS Director General Isaac Kgosi last week issued a press statement distancing himself from house break-ins that have now become common especially to opposition leaders. “It has become common practice for some members of the public, who sometimes find themselves confronted by situations in their lives that they may not have immediate answers to, to suspect me.
Some of these circumstances are an interrupted or dropped call, house breaking, missing laptops to mention but a few”, Kgosi lashed out.