Sunday, July 14, 2024

Police close inquest into killing of four suspects

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has closed an inquest into the killing of four foreign armed robbery suspects who were killed by security agents in 2006.

The four suspects where shot dead while allegedly on their way to rob Broadhurst Motors.
Botswana Police Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintended Christopher Mbulawa, said the file was closed because investigations had proved that the security agents who shot and killed the four suspects were right in doing so.

Mbulawa refused to divulge further information, saying it is not for public consumption.
The police shot and killed a Malawian passport holder by the name James Sibanda, who was identified by the Criminal Record Bureau as South African Eric Mpofu. He was allegedly wanted in Botswana for eleven cases of carjacking that occurred between 2001 and 2004 and one case of murder.
The other suspect also carried a Malawian passport bearing the name of Cristofa Mwale. He was identified as Faison Mtambo of Harare, Zimbabwe.

The third suspect also had a Malawian passport bearing the names of Hillary Anuza Banda. The Criminal Investigations Bureau records, however, identified him as Evidence Mbaiwa of Kadoma, Zimbabwe. He was wanted for an armed robbery case that took place in January 2000 and had absconded on 1 January 2000 whilst the case was on.

The fourth suspect, also a Zimbabwean, was carrying a Zimbabwe emergency travelling document bearing the names of Sylvester Manzvanzvike. But police records identified him as Vodka Japawu of Kwekwe. He was convicted for theft common in December 2002.
The other unidentified suspect escaped in a silver grey BMW during the shooting. He has never been caught.

In his state of the nation address, President Ian Khama reassured the nation that allegations of abuse by security agents will be investigated and appropriate action taken.
Currently the police are investigating 10 cases in which security agents are alleged to have killed suspects, and the reports will later be sent to DPP.

Amongst those killed are three Zimbabweans who were shot dead after they allegedly robbed a supermarket in Francistown.

There is also a case that is currently before Lobatse High Court, in which four security agents are facing murder charges after shooting and killing John Kalafatis. The DPP has sanctioned that they should be charged with murder.


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