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Batswana refuse to snitch

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: This picture is one of those shared by the police as they seek to be helped identify the culprits

Batswana have poured cold water on Botswana Police Service’s (BPS) plea to help identify people alleged to have looted a liquor truck that was incapacitated at Gaborone West, near Rainbow School circle.

Unidentified persons on the 15th December 2018 looted the liquor truck and in an effort to catch the perpetrators, Botswana Police released a statement on the 21st of December pleading with the public to help identify people appearing on photographs and videos that were circulating on social media.

Nevertheless a month later, nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident. Details of what could have transpired on the day are still sketchy. Police Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube says the driver of the liquor truck is yet to lodge a formal complaint.

He said in an interview that nobody has come forward to help them with the case. The case is still very much open and they are hoping that the community will come forward to help. Motube revealed that the damage caused by the looting is estimated to be around P200 000.

Motube added that what the people did was illegal and amounts to common theft. Any person found guilty of the offence can be sentenced to one-year imprisonment or subjected to public lashing.
When contacted, a local company producing lager beers, bottled water and soft drinks Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) was unable to respond to The Mid Week Sun questions. An officer said to be KBL spokesperson Masegonyana Madisa was said to be held up in meetings.

Meanwhile when BPS released the statement last month that they be assisted to solve the case, their plea was met with much ridicule on social media. Many said that they would not even bother to report anyone as it was not their place to snitch and it now seems that they were dead serious.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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