Popular man of cloth Reverend Thuso Tiego and his associate are suing the police for unlawful arrest and detention.
Tiego is demanding P150, 000 while Pastor Otukile Ramogaladi wants P75, 000. According to their attorney Nchunga Nchunga on June 14, 2022 in pursuance of their God ordained duties at their own expense proceeded to Lobatse as community and spiritual leaders to go and comfort, assist and stand with the parents of Tlotso and people of Lobatse on the occassion of the missing child which incident has greatly traumatised many Botswana and especially the Christians and Lobatse community.
“Out of courtesy and transparency they made a stop at Lobatse Police to introduce themselves and converse with the police leadership to see how they can best lend a helping hand in an organised and coordinated manner,” Nchunga wrote in the notice of intention to sue filed on June 22, 2022.
Lo and behold, Nchunga said both men of cloth were unlawfully arrested and detained in a very dirty police cell with no proper proper facilities and insufficient blankets and their phones were unlawfully seized from them. They were never given a police seizure notice and without their consent their noses were painfully swabbed under the pretext of checking them for Covid-19.
“Take further notice that the police officers who unlawfully arrested our clients did not use any sanitiser prior to using leg irons on our two clients.” He said Tiego is a well-known international preacher and has daily broadcasts on Facebook and no threat to national security. His daily broadcasts are watched by Christians, Members of Parliament, rich people, ordinary people both in and outside Botswana and has following of more than half a million people.
“His only offence is being concerned about the plight of Tlotso, clearly this we find shocking. Pastor Otukile Ramogaladi is allegedly facing an unknown new charge of accompanying Thuso Tiego and liking Thuso Tiego. We have combed the laws of Botswana and we unable to locate such a new charge, this we find disturbing.”
Nchunga said unlawful and detention and unlawful seizure of his clients phones have caused them great stress inconvenience and loss of business. “Their members and family and friends are unable to communicate with them.
This infringes on their freedom of expression. We are hereby instructed to demand as we hereby do the immediate return of our clients phones, payment of compensation for the unalwful arrest and unlawful detention for Reverend Thuso Tiego in the sum of P150, 000 and for Pastor Otukile Ramogaladi P75, 000. …Take further notice that this matter will be reported to both African and international human rights tribunal as well as Ditshwanelo.”
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.”