Botswana: Police Arrest Three Men


Esther Molai, Daily News

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Maun — Three men are in police custody in connection with unlawful possession of elephant tusks. Deputy officer commanding, Superintendent John Kelebeng said in an interview that two of the suspects, who are Zambians, were caught over the weekend at Makalamabedi Veterinary gate with six pieces.

The other suspect, a Motswana, was caught at Boseja in Maun same day. He said the Zambians were caught while the police were searching their Toyota Mac 2 around 6:45am on Saturday and found the pieces hidden in a compartment designed in the vehicle.

He said the duo was using emergency travel documents. They would appear before Maun Magistrate Court on September 13. Still in Maun, a 26-year-old woman ripped up a 56-year-old man’s private parts with her hands during a struggle.

Superintendent Kelebeng said the man met his fate after he met the woman at a club where he proposed love. He said after entertainment, the two went to the man’s place to sleep and while the man was asleep, the woman took P800 from his wallet.

He said fortunately the man woke up and asked the woman to return his money. He said an argument arose as the man tried to get back his money and the woman ended up grabbing his private parts.

Superintendent Kelebeng said the man was hospitalised while the woman was arrested and discharged noting that she would be charged for theft common and assault occassioning bodily harm.

On other issues, police are investigating a case in which a four year-old girl of Mababe died after she allegedly swallowed some coins.

According to the police chief, the little girl became ill on Saturday and was rushed to a clinic and when her condition changed, she was referred to Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital where she was certified dead.

In Gumare, police arrested two of the three suspected poachers who were found in possession of biltong (digwapa) suspected to be of buffaloes and warthog.

Superintendent Kelebeng said the poachers who were riding horses were caught at NG 26 concession by wildlife officers who were patrolling the area.