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Uncle mistakes nephew for wild animal, shoots him

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Police in Mochudi are investigating a case in which a 63-year-old man allegedly shot his nephew after mistaking him for a wild animal. Mochudi Police Station Commander Superintendent Simon Sitale told The Midweek Sun that the incident occurred on New Year.

“The incident occurred on the 1st of January at night. Our preliminary investigations have indicated that the uncle thought at the time of firing the gun his nephew was in the house where he left him. They were staying together at Tshele Farms where they were employed,” said Sitale adding that the suspect was taken for questioning and later released.

The station commander said information gathered is that some wild animals especially jackals have been terrorising the livestock that they were looking after. He explained that on the fateful day the uncle had thought his injured nephew could be one of the troublesome animals.

“The injured man is at Princess Marina Hospital. I however cannot state the extent of the injury and that can only be done by a certified medical doctor. The duo is from Mmashoro village.”

Sitale stated that the gun used belonged to the employer of the duo. The employer, Sitale said, is the one who reported the matter to the police. He said investigations into the natter are still ongoing. Sitale cautioned members of the public not to be careless when handling guns. He said a gun is regarded as a lethal weapon which means it is capable of taking a life.

“When you fire a gun you must ensure that beyond your target there are other objects that might get hurt. Even when firing at your target, make sure the target is clearly identified.”

On a different matter, Sitale said they are investigating a fatal accident that claimed a life of 21 year old man from Kgosing Ward in Oodi-Matebeleng. “The accident occurred along the A1 road. He was hit by a Mercedes Benz motor vehicle which was heading to the north. It appears the deceased got on the road and got hit by the motor vehicle.”

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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