Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
Response to an article
30/01/14
RESPONCE TO AN ARTICLE “FARMER KILLED IN TUTUME” (THE MIDWEEK SUN WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2013)

“FARMER KILLED IN TUTUME”

(THE MIDWEEK SUN WEDNESDAY MAY 29, 2013)

 

The Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security (MDJS) wishes to respond to an article titled ‘FARMER KILLED IN TUTUME’, published in the Midweek Sun dated Wednesday, January 29 2014 and authored by one Phillimon Mmeso.

Contrary to the article which states that the Honourable Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Dikgakgamatso Ndelu Seretse visited Marobela following the murders that occurred last year, it is in fact untrue that the Minister conducted such a visit.  Although there were plans for the Minister to visit Marobela last year, such plans did not materialise due to challenges with regard to his schedule of events.  The Botswana Police Service has kept the Minister and the Nation abreast of all developments relating to investigations in this matter.  It is indeed envisaged that the Minister will visit Marobela and surrounding areas to dialogue with locals on criminal activity in the near future.

It is on this backdrop that the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security demands that the Midweek Sun immediately retracts the statement.  Such inaccuracies have the potential to cause confusion within the community of Marobela.  Furthermore, such inaccuracies can spark a backlash from the people of Marobela that could negatively affect the work of the Ministry and its image. The people of Marobela and the public in general demand justice for the murder victims.  A visit by the Minister would have been of

great interest to them, and a false report such as this one must therefore be rectified.

We once more call upon the media fraternity to cross reference any information concerning the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security prior to printing.

 

Samma G. Tabudi

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FOR/Permanent secretary

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