The local adage ‘Go December Boss’ is affiliated with the vibe and hype of December, one of the silliest seasons of the year. A time when new experiences are explored and high risks and experiments are taken. With travel people seek a new location to visit with loved ones.
In regards to dining some may choose a different restaurant from the norm or eat and prepare recipes they normally would not. This is also a time when alcohol and drugs are in good supply and are easily accessible. Both the Botswana Police and the Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network (BOSASNet) confirm that the main illegal drug currently circulating is CAT, internationally known as ‘The poor man’s cocaine’.
“CAT is the street name. In Setswana it’s called Katse. When we subject the drug to analysis we find Cathinone and other substances,” explains the Ass. Supt, Officer in Charge of Investigations (Narcotics) at Botswana Police, Petrus Nkgetse.
The Narcotics team started to notice CAT in Botswana in early January 2015; CAT is a white coloured drug that is mainly snorted through the nose. Amongst the illegal substances, the most popularly used as observed over the years by the police has been Marijuana, followed by Crack Cocaine, and Ecstasy.
Marijuana is constantly leading in terms of usage and is also the most affordable illegal drug. “People who were using Crack Cocaine have moved on to CAT. The drug users range from 18 – 45 years,” shares Nkgetse.
“CAT is created with substances which have major side effects. You will notice with CAT users that they have damage to the mucous membrane of their nose,” observes the policeman. CAT is currently selling on the streets for P100 per sachet.
Listening to the Clinical Programmes Manager at the Botswana Substance Abuse Support one gets an insight into the life of an addict. This is someone who will sell anything including him/herself to get another hit.
The ranges of substances that are used in Botswana are just as elaborate as those used by the rest of the world’s addicts, she says. She lists as common among the youth the use of Alcohol, Cigarettes (Nicotine) and Marijuana (Weed).
Among the ‘older youth’ or those who are working and have jobs the trending drugs are currently CAT, Crack Cocaine and Alcohol. “The more intensified drugs such as CAT, Ecstasy, Heroine and Cocaine are being used by the older youth or the working youth.”
Manyanda therefore concurs with the Botswana Police that CAT is the trending drug. “It’s called CAT. Others suspect its Crystal Meth. We are still not sure of the content of the drug,” she adds. Nkgetse also agrees with Manyanda that, “To increase the potency of the drug, the sellers will add anything because nothing is regulated.”
The medicine cabinet or the place you stash your winter season leftovers in the house is a great source for addicts who use Codeine; which is found in regular cough syrups. “If you hear your child saying we are chilling and drinking some ‘lean’ you must know they are getting high on Codeine,” she shares.
A saying she’s heard from her young clients is that, “We don’t hustle with dealers,” when elaborated it means the children resort to their parent’s medicines to get high. Another popular drug found in homes is the over the counter ‘sleeping pill’.
The Clinical Manager has observed that once you get one person reporting any particular drug use it means the problem is widespread. She observes that in 2012 BOSASNet had no clients addicted to Cocaine but of late they are on their 11th Cocaine addicted client.
“With drug abuse it is hard to know the exact numbers because people only come when there is a problem.” She adds that it is usually the teachers, employers and parents who identify drug abusers and report the matter.
The observation from both professionals is that drugs are offered to you. “Drug dealers are smart. Initially they give you the drugs for free, knowing that once you are hooked you will be the one chasing them,” adds Nkgetse. “Just because the drug is undetectable via the breather-lizer, it doesn’t make it okay,” advises the BOSASNet representative.
If you or anyone you know needs help with substance abuse kindly contact BOSASNet on 3959119 and 3913490 or 72659891.
If you would like to report any matter to do with above contact the Botswana Police on 999.
Please call Mascom line number 14000 to enter the competition and help raise funds to keep BOSASNet afloat.
Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.
It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.
According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.
Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.
“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.
Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.
ARRESTED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING
Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, of Mbalambi allegedly killed his girlfriend in Bontleng, Gaborone and used her blood to scribble a message on the wall.
The message read, ‘Ke lapisitswe ke maaka’- translated to mean ‘I am tired of lies.’ Matlhogonolo Moshashu’s body was found inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.Mampori and Moshashu, 34, had a two year-old child together. Mampori allegedly killed her in March 31 by stabbing her with a screw driver, which was found inside the house. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, Otilia Kholiya, one of the tenants in the yard, said that she arrived on that fateful Sunday to find a yellow tape surrounding the yard with the police all over the place.
She said that she was the one who helped with cleaning. “He used her blood and wrote ‘Ke lapile ke maaka.’ I washed all the blood in the house by myself. Although police officers suspect that he used the screw driver they found in the house to kill her, I beg to differ. “That blood was just too much, it must have been something bigger,” she said, adding that they found a new dress that the deceased was going to wear to Mampori’s sister’s baby shower.
Another tenant Nicah Mandefu said that the house belonged to Mampori’s sister and that she rarely slept there and preferred her parents’place in Gaborone. She stated that she saw Mampori with his girlfriend arrive on Saturday around 4pm. “I don’t know him much because the house belongs to his sister. He probably just needed it for the weekend to spend time with his girlfriend who was staying and working outside Gaborone.
“They just greeted me and another tenant as we were sitting in front of our house. They stayed for 30 minutes and left. They would come again around 7pm,” she said. Mandefu said it was the first time she saw the deceased.
Mandefu said that Mampori’s sister arrived on Sunday around 9am, found her house locked and asked about his whereabouts. “She then told me that the lady he was with was actually his girlfriend and mother of his child,” she said. After some time, the sister returned to tell them that she received a report to say Mampori was found in Mmankgodi where he had tried to hang himself on a tree after killing Mashashu.
Upon failing to kill himself, he drove off recklessly at high speed, thus catching the attention of the police who stopped and charged him with reckless driving. “The police then noticed that he was not well as he had bruises from trying to kill himself. He could not even speak to the police but wrote down his mother’s phone number and gave them the keys to the sister’s house.
“They then took him to Thamaga Primary Hospital to be attended for his wounds on the neck, and later the police called his family and finally drove together to Bontleng where they found his girlfriend dead inside the sister’s house,” the neighbour tenant narrated to The Midweek Sun.
According to Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39-year old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.
At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The deceased were his girlfriends. He was arraigned before Extension 2 Magistrate Court last Wednesday. He is incarcerated and expected back in court on April 17.
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