A 30-year-old man, who is a Senior Programmer at Central Transport Organization at the Village in Gaborone, was on Monday arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with unlawful possession of dagga weighting 0.7 grams.
Mogotsi Mampane this week pleaded guilty to the charges of unlawful possession of dagga.
State Prosecutor from the Central Police Station, Constable Ditiro Phirinyana, told the court that the accused was seen by a plain-clothes officer, Detective Constable Jabu, taking rizla from his friend at the African Mall. The officer followed him to the Ext 2 taxi rank where he stopped him, produced his police card and asked him to go with him to the Central Police Station.
Constable Phirinyana told the court that at the Police Station, the accused was body searched and was found with dagga weighting 0.7 grams. The accused is said to have admitted that the dagga was his and said that he was going to smoke it.
The dagga was produced in court as part of the evidence and Kgosi Monametsi ordered the police to burn the dagga in front of him.
Before passing the sentence, Kgosi Monametsi told the court that dagga cases were on the increase and that there is no suspended sentences or fine for dagga. He said that the government of Botswana is very strict when it comes to drugs.
He sentenced Mogotsi to four strokes on the bum and fined him P250, to be paid before September 30, 2006, failing which, the police would take him to prison to serve a four-month jail sentence.
Still on the same subject, Baliki Mokakane, 32, from Disimakgosi Ward in Lentsweletau, who is unemployed, was this week arraigned before the same court charged with unlawful possession of dagga. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the State Prosecutor from Urban Police Station, Constable Terrance Moilwa, the accused had misunderstandings with his girlfriend on August 18, 2006, and then the girlfriend reported him to the Urban Police Station.
Moilwa told the court that the police went to the accused’s house and took him to the police station where he was body searched by the police and was found with dagga inside his pocket. He was then locked up in the police cell.
Kgosi Monametsi sentenced him to four strokes on the bum and fined him P100 to be paid before September 30, 2006, failing which he would go to prison for three months. He ordered the police to burn the dagga in front of him.