A suspected hardcore criminal, who is linked to the armed robbery that took place at a farm owned by the sister to President Khama, was gunned down by military intelligence (MI) after an intensive manhunt.
About five military intelligence officers are at the centre of police investigations following the death of a suspect that occurred at Notwane Bar in Extension 12 in Gaborone.
Information passed to the Sunday Standard suggests that John Kalafatis, 32, a.k.a. Rothi and classified as a “dangerous criminal” who is on the most wanted list, was shot dead by MI on Wednesday night, ending with close to 15 bullets in his body, fired from close range.
It is understood that between January and February this year, the deceased was linked to armed robberies that took place at Rurets Farms, near Oodi Village in Kgatleng District, where Jacqueline Khama lives.
It is understood that shortly before Jacqueline was attacked and robbed, she had had a gathering of friends and family.
It is further reported that after the incident, she phoned the president to inform him about the incident
It is said that the president took his motor bike and raced to where the incident had taken place.
Later and after a meeting with Khama, the security agents launched a serious manhunt.
MI was allegedly tipped off on Kalafatis’ whereabouts that night. He is reported to have been certified dead upon arrival at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone in the early hours of Thursday.
Botswana Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, confirmed the shooting incident but pointed out that it was not the police who gunned down the suspect.
He referred the paper to the Botswana Defence Force who allegedly shot the deceased.
Speaking to Sunday Standard the deceased’s mother said that “it was heart breaking when I was phoned by a friend of mine that my son had been shot deed”.
She said not even once did the police come to her house to complain to her son.
“I just want to know the circumstances that led to the killing of my son.”
She was, however, reluctant to confirm or deny whether she would be taking legal action against the government.