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Motswana robber nabbed amid deadly shootout with SAPS

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A suspected notorious Motswana robber, Kitso Mnguni, who has been linked to multiple heists in South Africa was arrested recently together with his Zimbabwean crime partners by the South African Police Service (SAPS) during a heist in Gauteng.

Reports reaching this publication suggests that Mnguni was among suspects that were arrested by the SAPS following a deadly armed robbery in which eight suspects were gunned down, with another eight arrested while the other suspects are still at large. Oddly, highly placed multiple sources within the law enforcement agencies revealed that Magana does not have any criminal record in Botswana nor is he a wanted criminal by the police. Little information is known about him locally.

“We suspect that he might have a crucial role that he plays here locally particularly on the operational and tactical level,” says one of the sources. The director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior assistant police commissioner, Mokowadi Mphathi, confirmed that Botswana Police Service (BPS) has written to the South African authorities to seek clarity on reports that suggest that a Motswana national is among suspects linked to a series of heists that have caused concern in South Africa.

“We have written to the South African authorities through Interpol to provide us with a detailed report regarding our own local suspect linked to the heist that occurred recently in Gauteng to be specific,” says Mphathi. He said once they have received such clarity, they will be in a better position to share such information with the public if necessary. He said there are some local suspects who have found a safe haven in South Africa after committing criminal activities in Botswana then skipped to South Africa.

“There are some criminal suspects who have skipped to SA who are highly wanted by BPS and were are following leads that will lead to their arrest through the assistance of SAPS,” he says. Mphathi indicated that the lady who was arrested in Phase 2 Gaborone following the recent heist at the main mall is receiving medical attention after sustaining bullet wounds during the shootout between the police and the suspected criminals. The shootout left ten suspects dead.

He added that once she has been cleared by the medical doctors, the suspect is expected to be arraigned before the court sometime this week. “At the moment I am not at liberty to gauge her injuries as that is being conducted by the medical doctors, “he says. It should be noted that once such unfortunate incidents happen where lives have been lost, an investigation will be conducted that led to the loss of life in which an inquest will be conducted at the competent court.

Meanwhile Tsogo Semadi, died in South Africa sometime last year while on a criminal mission to blast an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).  Semadi was also involved in a P9 million theft at Extension 11, Gaborone few years ago in which a security company was attacked and robbed. It was reported that the alleged criminals invaded the security company’s premises and broke into the volt where cash was kept. Police say they have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the robbery and are appealing to members of the public to assist them with any information that may lead to the arrest of the culprits.

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Why Katholo engaged private lawyers against State

16th May 2022
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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.

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Dada to break Kwelagobe’s BDP long standing record

16th May 2022
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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.

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The Gulaam Husain Abdoola – Dubai sting detailed

16th May 2022
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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.

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