Saturday, November 26, 2022

Police close docket on shooting deaths of three Zimbabweans

The Attorney General has ordered that a docket opened following the deaths of three Zimbabwean citizens, who were allegedly killed after they had robbed a wholesale in Francistown in 2008, be closed.

This is according to the deputy Public Relations Officer of Botswana Police Service, Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube.

The three Zimbabweans, who were allegedly killed by security agents, were: Youthness Ncube, Senzo Phakhathi and Dennis Ndlovu.

They were allegedly shot on the outskirts of Francistown whilst fleeing from the armed robbery scene and heading to Zimbabwe.

Motube declined to say what the findings, which resulted in the order to close the docket, were.
”That is not for public consumption and I can not disclose such information,” he said.

Recently, Motube had disclosed that dockets for three murder cases had been opened against members of the security agents for various cases of alleged killings they had carried out.

The cases included the one of John Kalafatis who was allegedly shot and killed by members of the Botswana Defence Force Military intelligence wing.

The four accused persons have since been committed to the High Court. Two police officers have been charged with the death of David Monggae, who died during police questioning.

A coroner in Maun has ordered that a police officer be charged with the death of Mothusinyane Moagi of Maun who was shot dead in his home.

Motube also disclosed that four inquests had been opened in regard to the death of Mosasa Nkomo who was shot dead after a report of armed robbery was made to the police.

Another one is in regards to the deaths of some Serowe men, Morati Molebalwa, Zacharia Nkwaila and Geoffrey Ogotseng, who were allegedly gunned down whilst on the way to a robbery in Serowe.
Some observers have been calling for an independent body to carry out investigations regarding alleged killings by members of the security as they feel that the current situation is unfair in that the security agents are being asked to investigate themselves, which they say carries the possibility that they would cover up for their colleagues who might be implicated in such killings.

This, however, has been denied by the BPS Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, who insists that they are professionals and will not do such a thing.
Their professionalism, he said, is shown by the fact that some of their colleagues have, after investigations, ended up in Courts where others were even convicted.

Besides, he said, such cases involve officials of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions who make final decisions on whether there is evidence to charge an officer accused of having committed a crime or not.

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