Police detain their Own

| April 25, 2013

A Constable and four Special Constables are at the centre of a police investigation into allegations linking them to incidents of under-the-table dealings with potential to undermine public confidence in the police. The five who are stationed at Gaborone West police station were arrested and detained overnight at Tlokweng police station this past Sunday after a whistleblower tipped the police that they were linked to incidents of bribery. They have since been released to resume their official duties. While Botswana Police Service high command this week confirmed the investigation, they were equally cagey on details and would not release information on the nature of the probe.

Both the head of Public Relations at police headquarters Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa and Superintendent Lebalang Maniki of Tlokweng police would not budge on the circumstances leading to the five men’s arrest. Maniki referred all questions to Mbulawa who could only confirm that there was an ongoing investigation and that no charges had been laid against the suspects. “The five officers were detained overnight and investigations are continuing,” he said. However, inside sources have revealed that the officers stepped outside their area of jurisdiction on Saturday night to do a night patrol in Kweneng and ended up raiding a house occupied by a group of Zimbabweans.

It is understood that in the process the officers assaulted a woman from whom they also confiscated US$60 (about P350) and left her to remain illegally in the country without valid travel and residence permits. Our source revealed that the officers’ midnight activities surfaced when immediately after the unofficial raid the officers proceeded to conduct another surprise swoop on a house still under construction, which happens to belong to a fellow police officer. “The suspects forced their way inside the house and found a Zimbabwean man sleeping.

Apparently the man is the builder of the house who equally is an illegal immigrant. It is this man who would later blow the whistle on his attackers. He even knew the registration number of the government Toyota Land Cruiser used by the officers,” said the source, adding that following the man’s report an alert was raised over police radio communication before the suspects were arrested on the flyover bridge near Old Naledi on their way to Gaborone West police where they are stationed. It is not clear what, if anything, the suspects took away from the man who later reported them. Pressed further Mbulawa said police investigations would look into a number of issues. “We will certainly know by end of the week what exactly we are investigating the said officers for,” he said yesterday.

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