Gaborone West Police Investigate Murder of 31-Year-Old Police Officer

A police officer is allegedly murdered by her soldier boyfriend in Gaborone, Botswana. The suspect has been arrested and is awaiting trial. The article also covers other news stories, including the repatriation of pilgrims killed in a bus crash and a court case involving a former president.

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Gaborone West Police Investigate Murder of 31-Year-Old Police Officer

Gaborone West Police Investigate Murder of 31-Year-Old Police Officer

The Gaborone West Police Station is investigating the murder of 31-year-old police officer Neo Tebogo Mogatsaseno, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Warona Koloka, a soldier, on April 15, 2024. The police received a report on Monday of a lifeless body discovered in Block 9 near the trenches. Upon arrival, the body was taken to a nearby hospital where Mogatsaseno was certified dead.

The police have since arrested the 33-year-old suspect, Koloka, in connection with the murder. He appeared before the Village Magistrate Court on a single count of murder and is expected to appear for mention on May 2.

In a separate case, the bodies of the pilgrims who perished in a horror bus crash in Limpopo, South Africa during Easter holidays are starting to be repatriated home. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has also said it will appeal a Disciplinary Committee ruling to dismiss charges of misconduct against Tebogo Sebego.

Former President Ian Khama has dragged the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to court, demanding the installation of his chosen regent, Seretse Peter Khama. Meanwhile, the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) president, Mephato Reatile, has revoked the party's affiliation with the Umbrella for Democratic Change, sparking a backlash from within the party.

In another ongoing case, Bakang Masole, who is accused of murdering Phenyo Jakoba, is set to appear before the Molepolole Chief Magistrate, Mr. Gaseitsewe Tonoki, on April 19 for a bail hearing. The bail hearing was previously postponed on April 18 as the accused was not served with the initial heads of argument and supplementary on time. Masole is facing a single charge of Jakoba's murder, which occurred on or about November 9, 2023, near Mosinki lands in Molepolole. He is also charged with robbing Jakoba of his blue Honda Fit car valued at P40,000.

The market value of firms listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange's Domestic Companies Index rose by P914.6 million in the first three months of the year, continuing a strong performance from last year. The founding president of the Botswana Congress Party, Michael Kitso Dingake, was laid to rest after succumbing to a brief illness on April 7.

The Gaborone West Police Station continues to investigate the murder of Neo Tebogo Mogatsaseno. "We are working tirelessly to ensure that justice is served in this case," said a police spokesperson. The suspect, Warona Koloka, remains in custody as he awaits his next court appearance on May 2.

Key Takeaways

  • Police officer Neo Mogatsaseno murdered by boyfriend Warona Koloka, a soldier.
  • Bodies of pilgrims killed in Limpopo bus crash being repatriated to Botswana.
  • Tebogo Sebego cleared of misconduct charges by Botswana Football Association.
  • Bakang Masole to appear for bail hearing in Phenyo Jakoba murder case.
  • Botswana stock market index rose by P914.6 million in Q1 2023.