Maun: The Batawana chief regent, Kgosi Kealetile Moremi is in trouble with the law and the Maun magistrate court has ordered that she be jailed for failing to settle a P13 000, 00 debt.
Information before the court suggests that Moremi has over a prolonged period failed to settle a balance of P13 000,00 which she owes to a certain Michael Kandjise who supplied her with beef carcass for her butchery early last year.
According to court documents, on the 23rd of February 2015 Kandjise entered into an arrangement with Moremi, to supply beef carcass to the kgosi’s butchery, Done Roaming butchery. As per agreement on the 23rd, 25th and 26th of February 2015 he supplied beef carcass of 6 beasts of cattle to Kgosi Moremi amounting to 1310 kilograms.
Both parties agreed on a price of P14 per kilogram, amounting to P18 340. It was agreed that Kandjise would be paid within seven days but to his disappointment no payment was made without any reasonable excuse.
Kandjise told this publication in an interview that what eventually led him to drag Batawana regent to court is that she was neglecting him. Adding salt to injury, he says, the Butchery management told him that he was annoying them and that he was not the only customer they owed.
“They even told me that they are not liable to pay me and that is when I ended up in court,” Kandjise said.
Kandijise pursued the matter until on the 26th of March 2015 where he says a payment of P5000 was made to him without any promise of the balance of P13 340, 00.
However, Kgosi Moremi was ordered to pay Kandjise the remaining amount by the end of September last year but has failed to do so.
The court therefore concluded that, Moremi and her Butchery, despite the lawful demands, are failing and refusing or neglecting to pay the plaintiff.
Kandjise said after the defendants defied a court order, he consulted the Deputy Sherriff for the attachment of the properties from the defendants but they said that they had no properties.
The court ordered that on the 16th of February 2016 the defendant must appear at court for civil imprisonment. However, Kandjise said that it was unfortunate that he in the end served the civil imprisonment order to the attorney representing Batawana regent Luanda Antony instead of Kgosi Moremi. However the court ordered that on Friday 19 he must serve Kgosi Moremi in person.
However, the defendants are expected to make a capital of debts in the sum of 13 340, 00 plus the interest rate and the court of the suit. The total amount the defendants are expected to pay is P17124, 38.
Kandjise also decried that this has caused him financial difficulty and affected his business. “This has stopped my business that I was running because I was buying cattle from farmers at a cash price and supplying it to butcheries, now I’m no longer operating my business because of financial constraints.”
Meanwhile, efforts to contact the Batawana regent Kgosi Kealetile Moremi were futile as her mobile number was not available at the time of going to print.
The Minister of Justice, Machana Shamukuni says the search to appoint the Ombudsman and other critical heads of department is currently ongoing and the process is expected to be completed before end of the year.
The Ombudsman position fell vacant almost five months ago after Augustine Makgonatsotlhe was removed from the office and appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.
Two Batswana nationals have been arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal trade in mercury. The duo is being held together with a Zimbabwean national who is being questioned by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
This publication understands that the suspects who are aged between 39 and 56 years hail from Tutume and Selebi-Phikwe. At the time of the arrest, they were found in possession of a pistol, bomb motor and four live rounds. It is understood that the suspects told investigators during interrogation that the deadly substance has a lucrative market in Far East countries, where the demand is high. It is further reported that the suspects claimed that the mercury can be easily accessed in mines through middleman.
The Namibian Lives Matter Movement has weighed in on the looming border dispute between their country and Botswana.
Commenting on reports that the Namibian Parliament has dispatched a committee along the border between the two countries on fact finding mission, the group commended“the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, De-fence and Security that will engage community members living along the Namibia Botswana Border in conducting public hearings into acts of aggression and brutality by Botswana Defence (BDF) Force against innocent and unarmed Namibians.”