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My broke client didn’t murder pensioner – lawyer

Defence attorney in a death sentence appeal, Mishingo Jeremia has decried that his client was convicted and sentenced to death for the mere fact that he was ‘broke and urgently needed money’ at the time his ‘victim’ was killed.

The convict, a death row inmate, Tsholofelo Maselwa on April 19, 2009 is said to have killed Chifana Ndaya, 70, of Zwenshambe in the northern district. According to Jeremia the evidence at the trial was not sufficient as to justify the conviction. “The fact that the appellant urgently needed money as found by the judge on the one hand, and that the deceased had been paid his old age pension on the other hand did not necessarily connect the appellant to the death of the deceased,” states Jeremia in his arguments filed before court.

The court heard that one of the state witnesses met with the appellant a few days before the tragedy, whereupon the appellant indicated that he needed money as he wanted to go and look for a piece job at Sua Pan. It was then that the witness arranged for a piece job and later paid the appellant P100. It was also established that the deceased had been paid his old age pension the day the appellant finished his piece job at the witness’ house and left to another village.

Jeremia argued that the finding that the appellant’s motive was to rob the deceased of his old age pension was an error, citing that it was not supported by the evidence. Jeremia stated that there were so many problems with the finding and that is speculative. “The fact that someone is broke and does not have money, and that the deceased had earned his pension of P220, could never connect the appellant to the death of the deceased, in the absence of evidence.”

 
He also dismissed the evidence that when the appellant was arrested he was wearing a jean which was found to have blood stains of the deceased. He said there were reasons why there was doubt as to whether when the deceased was arrested he was wearing the trousers in issue. This notwithstanding, the state has urged the court to throw out the appeal.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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