Police in Serowe are investigating an incident in which a middle aged motorist knocked down nine pedestrians at the weekend in Serowe.
The incident happened at Lady Khama hall on Saturday night.
Botswana Police No. 2 District Officer Commanding, Senior Superintendent Paul Molapisi confirmed the incident to The Telegraph on Monday.
“I can confirm that we have arrested a middle aged man who is currently in police custody and helping us with investigations. This incident was reported on Saturday night. The motorist knocked down the nine pedestrians and two of them were referred to Sekgoma Memorial Hospital where they are currently recuperating from injuries. The other seven were affected by the accident but were not injured,” he said.
He said the victims had attended a party at Lady Khama Hall. Molapisi however could not reveal more information saying that police investigations are still at a preliminary stage. He however expressed shock saying that they hardly register such incident in their policing area.
“We have never had such an incident or cases in our policing area,” he emphasized.
Asked on other criminal activities that could be haunting the area, Molapisi said that crime is manageable in their police district. He said this is so because of their cordial working relationship with members of the public.
In another incident, unconfirmed reports reaching The Telegraph suggest that a Hippopotamus was spotted in Hubona village at the weekend by some villagers. The wild animal which is presumed dangerous allegedly left the villagers reeling in fear.
A source at the wildlife department in Francistown said that by Monday morning wildlife officers were already deployed at the village ground to try and re-capture the wild animal.
“No one has been injured so far. A number of wild life officers are already on the ground as we are speaking to try and recapture the animal,” said the source. It is however not clear as to where the wild animal has escaped from.
Reached for comment, Wildlife Principal Officer in the Central District Motibe Mangole claimed no knowledge of the said animal. He said he is still yet to enquire from his colleagues. He however could not rule out the possibility that the animal was spotted in the village.
“Unfortunately this is fresh news to me. I will have to make enquiries from my colleagues. I have not heard anything about this animal,” he said.