Friday, March 24, 2023

Third body and boat finally recovered from Gaborone Dam

The body of the third Water Utilities Corporation employee was retrieved from the Gaborone Dam on Saturday afternoon after being spotted by the search team while a five-seater boat that the employees were using was found on Monday morning.

The three employees were last seen at the dam almost two weeks ago while on a routine trip to collect water samples at the dam.

The Station Commander of Naledi Police Station, Superintendent King Tshebo, said the body was found under water, about twenty meters down.

He said the deceased, a 46-year-old man from Ramotswa Village, was taken to Princess Marina mortuary where the post-mortem was conducted on Sunday.

Tshebo further said the boat had also been found.

“It has been a very difficult search and through our dedication we finally got what we have been searching for even though they lost their lives,” he said.

Tshebo stated that the investigation is divided into two phases: the first phase was to find the victims as well as the boat.

The second phase will now focus on results of the post-mortem report, mechanical diagnosis of the boat as well as the witnesses that might have seen what had happened, he said.

“Let me assure the public that as the police we will not leave any stone unturned. You will know what really happened when the investigations have been completed,” he said. “Sometime investigations take time due to certain things therefore I would not want to preempt investigations and give particular dates but we will do our best to finish the investigations within reasonable time.”

He appealed to the members of the public who might have any information to inform the police.

Last week, The Telegraph asked Tshebo about allegations that some members of the public were rumoured to have made confessions at a certain church known to the paper around Gaborone that they know exactly what could have led to the deaths of the employees.

“I am not aware of such confessions made but I will appeal to those who might have information to come forward and assist us.”

Two other deceased were buried over the weekend at their respective villages in Kachikau and Mogorosi.


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