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Criminals have once again hit Lekidi Centre- the Botswana Football Association’s headquarters- this time getting away with national team uniforms in what appears to be an inside job. This publication has reliably learnt that over 42 tracksuits, assortment of casual wear used by senior national team players and officials while on camp was stolen in the first week of March and, or earlier in the storeroom The incident happens just within a month after Botswana Police arrested two officers for allegedly stealing funds amounting to P608. 532. 40 from the Association.

The case is still being investigated by the Serious Crime Squad. It is not clear when the uniforms were stolen. The disappearance was discovered by kit manager, Dintwa Ramontsho during the first week of March when he visited the BFA offices to make preparations for the national senior national team before they went into camp. There was no burglary. It is suspected the thieves either have the keys or it is an inside job. The incident left the BFA secretariat with no alternative save to approach, the national team technical sponsors, All Kasi to come up with a new gear composing of tracksuits and casual wear for both the senior national team and the Under 20 just a few days before playing their respective international friendly games during the FIFA Week.

The Zebras played and beat their Lesotho counterparts 1-0 on Saturday at the national stadium, while the Under 20 travelled to Swaziland where they played two games beating their counterparts 1-0 in the first game and playing to a goalless draw in the second. BFA Chief Executive Officer Mfolwe Mfolwe confirmed the disappearance of both the casual wear and track suits for the senior national team. Consequently he was compelled to approach technical sponsor on March 19th to request them to supply both teams with new tracksuits and casual wear. He was accompanied by the Public Relations Manager, Tumo Mpatane when they met All Kasi in their offices in Lobatse.

“This was the first time that we were supplying the U20 with casual wear as they too were travelling to Swaziland. “Our sponsors reacted positively with great speed as they delivered the casual wear for both teams on Thursday, while the tracksuits were delivered on Friday”. In a positive note Mfolwe said the design and delivery of the uniforms form part of the technical sponsorship and came at a time when All Kasi were coming up with new designs that both teams will use for their upcoming continental and world competition respectively. The Under 20 hosts their Namibian counterparts in the first leg of the CAF Under-20 Confederation of African Football (CAN) Niger 2019 on Saturday at the National Stadium. Mfolwe said they have no clue who could have stolen the uniform and when exactly but the case was reported to Central Police Station and the matter is being investigated. As a precautionary measure BFA has taken a decision to change the locks of all the doors within the Lekidi Centre. In early February all locks to the finance department were changed after embezzlement of funds and disappearance of files.

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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.

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ARRESTED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING

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IN GOOD TIMES: The late Matlhogonolo with Simba in good times

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.

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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.

Serial killer
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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