A Botswana Police Service (BPS) anti-stock theft operation commonly known as “Kgomo Khumo” is scheduled to be re-introduced the beginning of April this year. The exercise which is meant to curb cattle rustlers was temporarily suspended about two years ago following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Speaking to Weekend Post this week, the director of Anti Stock Theft Unit within BPS senior assistant police Commissioner Maluti Segola confirmed that “Kgomo Khumo” will be re-introduced in this financial year. “It is true that Kgomo Khumo will be re-introduced sometime in April,” she said, adding that the exercise was temporally suspended about two years ago due to COVID-19 outbreak.”
“BPS management took the right decision to suspend the program as the corona virus was spreading like wildfire. COVID-19 regulations were also introduced at the time to fight the deadly virus,” said Segola. She also added that: “If you recall well, police officers were among front liners in the fight against COVID-19 and that resulted in some of them being infected by the deadly virus and, sadly, some of them passed on.”
Since the launch of the anti-stock theft operation in Ngwaketse, police managed to dismantle cattle rustlers’ syndicates particularly in the southern region of the country. This resulted in massive arrests of suspects and others are serving their jail sentences in various prions across the country.
The senior assistant police Commissioner also said Kweneng and Kgatleng were the hot spots at the time when the exercise was launched, adding that law enforcement managed to arrest the situation due to the assistance of the public who provided vital information that led to the arrests of potential culprits.
“At the moment Boteti area currently takes the lead in stock theft in which zero tooth animals are being targeted by organised criminal syndicates and the situation is too bad,” she says, adding that so far no one has been arrested yet in-connection with this crime.
Among other things, she says when the operation begins sometime in April their first stop would be Boteti and already the leadership of that particular area are patiently waiting for law enforcement to start the operation.
She stated that the main reason why police are unable to make a breakthrough is the fact that these alleged suspects are too advanced and on the other hand police have formulated a new strategy that will make it easy to infiltrate the criminal syndicates.
She pointed out that in most cases, stock theft is fuelled by the youth who are mostly school dropouts and criminal syndicates take advantage of such people. Segola revealed that anti stock theft unit was declared as a branch since 2020, just like other branches within the BPS such as traffic branch and Criminal Investigation Department.
“My officers have been deployed to various police stations across the country,” she says. She warned criminals that her officers will come after them and they should desist from criminal activities. However a farmer in Kweneng, Mogolo Tau, said in the last two years stock theft criminals re-emerged and farmers lost their cattle in huge numbers. He welcomed the idea that anti stock unit was declared a unit.
“Kgomo Khumo” was first launched by the police commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe, in June 2019.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.