The Botswana Police would like to warn the general public visiting the newly opened Rail Mall Park in Gaborone near the Rail Way Station to be on the lookout for conmen masquerading as managers offering employment.
The warning follows series of incidents of cheating by tricksters operating at the mall who fake job interviews with unsuspecting job seekers only to flee with their possessions in the process of the so called interviews.
The police have recorded about eight cases of Obtaining by False Pretences since the mall was opened, in which people lost laptops, expensive cell phones and cash to the conmen after declarations and ultimate surrendering of items as a requirements for the interviews.
The police would like to warn against street job interviews which they say are a recipe for cheating. They advise people looking for jobs at the Rail Park Mall to consult before committing their time and possessions to potential employers.
Botswana Police would like to appeal to the public to desist from driving motor vehicles when they are not licensed to do so. The appeal follows increasing number of people arrested for driving without a driver’s licenses. A total of 988 people were arrested for driving without driving licenses throughout the country last week.
The Police South Central Division that includes Gaborone and the periphery registered the highest number of 615 cases followed by the Northern Division with 336 and the Southern with 37 cases. Police records indicate that the culprits were mainly youth.
Some of the arrested were people who have bought vehicles but do not have driver’s licences or were in the processes of acquiring them. Other cases involved young people who were allowed to drive by their parents or guardians.
Unlicensed drivers pose a great danger on the roads, as they have been involved in accidents sometimes resulting in loss of lives.
Current Weekly Cases Recorded
Penal Code Offences
Number of cases
Number of Persons arrested
Cash/Property involved in armed robberies
Motor Vehicles Recovered
Theft of Motor Vehicle
9 for cases 5
Cash over P327 000-00
Drunken Driving Cases
Summary Of Cases/ Accidents
Cases / Accidents
January 2011 To Date
2010 Same Period
Number of people who have died in road accidents
Theft of Motor vehicle
A total of 638 people were reported missing since the beginning of the year from January to 2nd October. People reported missing usually wonder away without disclosing their destinations. These incidents occur every time with no specific time of the year, month or week. Some of them are eventually found alive and in good health.
Possible causes of why people go missing include hiding from criminal prosecution, avoiding something that they are ashamed of, family or financial problems, when someone is in prison or deceased. When a report of missing person is received by the police, a search team comprising police officers and members of the public is dispatched. Where possible, air support services by the police, BDF and wildlife is engaged.
The media are also used to assist to publicize missing persons’ information that usually reveals their full description and photographs. An appeal to the public is made urging them to report missing persons to the police immediately and to assist in their search. The police also appeal to missing persons through the media to inform relatives of their whereabouts. Parents and guardians are also urged to closely monitor minors, elderly people, and people who are mentally challenged to avert their mysterious disappearance.
Once a case is opened, it is only closed when the concerned person is found alive or dead. Search teams are usually withdrawn when there is no more fresh leads, but stay on alert for possible fresh information.
More Botswana Police pilots recently graduated at the Botswana Defence Force Flying Training School at Thebephatshwa Airbase. The three (3) being Sub-Inspectors Modiro Mabotho, Malebogo Moloi and Bakang Rasenyai join Seven (7) others to increase the strength of Botswana Police pilots to ten (10).
The trio become the second batch of pilots to join the BPS’s AIR Support Branch. The first batch, now spread in positions of chief pilot, captain and co-pilot, joined in 2009 after training in South Africa. They were at the time, joined by several other engineers trained in the United States of America.
The Branch’s fleet of three (3) high technology AS350 B3 Euro-copter helicopters, configured to perform a variety of flying functions will now have more pilot staff better trained to make use of these expensive helicopters and their associated equipments. The skills acquired by the new police pilots that included aviation law, navigation, emergencies, normal procedures, basic handling, close formation and instrument flying will boost air services’ aerial support currently demanded for its efficient rescue operation and swift capture of criminals and missing persons.
The new police pilots, comprising one female and two males bring to the Air Support Branch, fresh and innovative ideas able to turn the face of police air support services. The inclusion of a female officer is possibly the organization’s sensitivity and recognition of gender issues and motivation to serving female officers to aspire to become pilots.
The Commander of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Tebogo Masire commended the graduating police and army officers for their commitment during training. Speaking during the officers’ colourful graduation ceremony held at Thebephatshwa Airbase recently, Mr Masire said the 15 months training prepared trainees for both ground and flying experiences. He further said the cost of P1 Million spent on each individual officer during training showed the government’s value of officers’ personal responsibility and ability in undertaking an important and delicate air support role necessary for further enhancement of public safety and security.
The training of BPS pilots by BDF was the first and an opening for future training arrangements between the two disciplined organizations. A total of 14 officers, comprising 11 officers from BDF and three (3) from BPS, graduated.
Since the arrival of the first two helicopters in January 2009 and the third that came in August the same year, air services receive public attention due to its impressive breakthroughs and arrest of suspects. They continue to do well in traffic control, high-speed car pursuits, air patrol and riot control and general aerial observation.
The Commissioner of Police Mr Thebeyame Tsimako has called on members of the Botswana Police to address the concerns of their customers.
Addressing senior officers at a performance review meeting in Gaborone this week, Mr Tsimako said that the public is concerned about increased criminal activity in their communities and the deterioration of road traffic safety. He also said the public is complaining about the police’s slow response to reports, discourtesy and involvement in corrupt practices.
He implored senior officers to ensure that these concerns are attended to urgently and reminded them that their success will only be measured by the degree to which they deliver on their mandate.
He said that he is aware that police are challenged by shortage of resources and manpower. He however said that it might take a while for them to get some of these resources as the economy is still recovering from the recession and there is a looming threat of another one. He encouraged them to make use of the little that they have to protect the lives of Batswana from crime.
The Commissioner of Police further urged them to make effective use of the meeting, as it is one way of refining their crime intervention strategies.
The purpose of the meeting is to review the police’s performance in the last three quarters of this year.
The United States State Department has donated a firearm-marking machine worth over P200 000 to Botswana Police Service.
Speaking to law enforcement officers at a workshop in Gaborone this recently, Mr Kyle Parker of Traceable Solutions, a company that is currently orientating the officers on the use of the machine, said that the equipment will assist the police and other law enforcement agencies in the control of firearms.
Mr Parker said that the advanced computerised equipment marks firearms with unique codes making it easier to identify their rightful owners in case they are stolen or lost and found.
He said that the Telesis Pin-Stamp Marking machine will also benefit law enforcement officers as it is able to electronically record every person being issued with firearms in armouries. He said this reduces cases where guns disappear in armouries and there is no one to account for their disappearance.
Mr Parker further said in providing the machine the US State Department was assisting Botswana to fulfil the SADC Protocol, which binds member states to mark firearms in a way that will make it easier to know their manufacturer, serial numbers, owners and their country of origin for easy identification.
He stated that similar machines are already in use in Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
The Botswana Police Senior Staff Officer, responsible for Operations, Senior Superintendent Grace Radithalo said that the Botswana Police intends to have more of these machines as they are faster, compared to the old ones currently in use.
The workshop was attended by law enforcement from the Botswana Police, Botswana Defence Force, Prisons, Veterinary and Wildlife Departments.
Machaneng Police Women Network has build a two roomed house valued over P15000 for a needy person in Machaneng. The house which included a renovated pit latrine, grocery, a bed and blankets was handed over to Omphisitse Wetshootsile on Friday (23/09/11) by the Commissioner of Police Mr Thebeyame Tsimako.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony MrTsimako said living under unfavorable conditions exposes one to all sorts of dangers as one become vulnerable to attacks by criminals, property is never safe, and there is greater demand for protection from government.
He said the construction of the house meant that Machaneng Police have taken care of Wetshootsile security needs. He further said the police officers in Machaneng have also enhanced their worth in the eyes of the Machaneg community, saying their actions have convinced the community to also reciprocate the gesture by cooperating more with the Police in the fight against crime.
Mr Tsimako said the Police’s contribution was in keeping with the ideals of one of the pillars of the National Vision of being a compassionate, just and caring nation. He however, thanked everybody who contributed to ensure that Mr Wetshootsile becomes a proud member of the community.
The Commissioner said Wetshootsile’s house was one of the many projects that members of the Botswana Police have undertaken in Gaborone, Kanye, Letlhakane, Lobatse, Tlokweng, Francistown, Semboyo and Mmadinare.
In his vote of thanks, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr Foreman Baganetswe who is also the Divisional Commander for South Central Division commended Machaneng Police officers for their commitment in building a good working relationship with members of the community in their area. He thanked Machaneng Police officers for employing all possible means to be able to help the needy even during economic crisis.
Traditional leaders, crime prevention activists, and well-wishers including political leaders thronged the Topisi main kgotla on Saturday (24/09/11) to pay their last respect to the peace loving hero and crime combatant Kgosi Keseitse Chakaloba who passed away on (17/09/11).
Countless revelations about Kgosi Chakaloba’s compassion, commitment and guidance by different speakers showed that his personality was still demanded by the community and national leadership across the country. And for that degree of demand, his departure was clearly too soon for burial and too soon for heaven. Residents of Topisi wanted more of his warmth and encouragement and possibly longed for an equally committed leader as Keseitse to complete unfinished projects.
His achievement in both community development and the fight against crime was described as unquestionable. The Commissioner of Police Mr. Thebeyame Tsimako told the mourners that Kgosi Chakaloba was one of the first community leaders to join Crime Prevention Committees in 1985 and remained committed and actively involved in crime prevention initiatives in his area and beyond.
His contribution to the fight against crime enabled him to earn popularity as one of the most decorated Crime Prevention veteran of his time. Kgosi Chakaloba’s chain of accomplishments started with his appointment as chairperson of the Palapye Police Station Crime Prevention Committee in 1985 and his further election to the chairpersonship of the No. 2 Police District Executive Crime Prevention Committee in 1994, the positions he held until his passing on. No. 2 District which incorporated Palapye, also embraced Serowe, Mahalapye, and Machaneng. For his dedication and selfless contribution, Kgosi Chakaloba was awarded certificate of appreciation by the Botswana Police Service in 1994.
According to Mr Tsimako, Kgosi Chakaloba participated in a national workshop that followed the drafting of the ‘Community Policing in Botswana’ booklet in 2001. He was further invited to participate in a consultative workshop that laid a foundation for the development of ‘Building Effective Community Policing Strategic Framework’ document in 2006. Mr Tsimako said Kgosi Chakaloba also joined a team of twenty one (21) Batswana who undertook a Crime Prevention benchmarking trip to Swaziland in 1999.
As No. 2 District Crime Prevention chairperson, Kgosi Chakaloba helped the District to win medals during the Community Policing National Awards in 2010 and 2011. Mr Tsimako, nevertheless, regretted the fact that Kgosi Chakaloba could not live to see the 2011 award ceremony which was being organized. He (Mr Tsimako) appealed to Batswana in general particularly the Topisi residents to emulate Kgosi Chakaloba who was able to mobilize the community to participate in crime prevention and help the Police record reductions in most crime nationwide.
Molefhe Mangadi, the retired police Senior Superintendent, who worked with Kgosi Chakaloba under No. 2 District Crime Prevention Executive Committee, said as the Chairperson, Keseitse remained unchallenged until he passes on, due to his commitment and visionary leadership. He said Kgosi Chakaloba hated crime with all his heart, the statement which was corroborated by Keseitse’s elderly daughter Poloko Mokoka. She said her brothers could not bring home trapped or slaughtered animals such squirrel and hare because they knew Keseitse could not accept them. They would instead roast such animals and eat them in the bush before returning home.
Kgosi Chakaloba who started customary functions in 1978 as headman of record was born in 1947 in Serowe. He was the second born child of Ms Kgaogano and Lephole Chakaloba. He started primary education at Palapye, and completed secondary education at Swaneng Hill School in Serowe. He furthered his education at the now Botswana College of Agriculture and worked at Mookane village as agricultural assistant. He later joined the Central transport organization (CTO) before returning home to help his parents as a farmer.
Keseitse Chakaloba played in the Tlokweng Pirates football team and later joined township Rollers when it was formed. He was a celebrated football player dubbed “Chainpuller Makeetane”. He trained Topisi United (TU) until his inauguration as Kgosi in 1978. He is survived by his elder sister and younger brother, wife Mothata Chakaloba, four (4) children and five (5) grand children.