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GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON INCIDENT INVOLVING KGAFELA KGAFELA
17/01/12

Government has expressed grave concern over an incident in which Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela the second may have compromised the Government campaign against the spread of Foot and Mouth disease in Botswana. 

Botswana Police have reported an incident in which at three o’clock in the morning of October 26th 2011, Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela refused to allow a Police Officer to search the four vehicles in which Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela and his delegation of 17 people were travelling, to be searched and inspected upon arrival at the Makalamabedi Foot and Mouth disease control gate.

On being attended to at the gate, Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela declared to a Police Officer that he and his delegation could not be searched because they were senior or elderly people, resulting in them passing through the Makalamabedi Foot and Mouth disease gate without their property in the vehicles being inspected and searched.

Government advises that every person travelling in Botswana regardless of who they are must respect and comply with all measures intended to combat the incidence and spread   of animal diseases, especially Foot and Mouth.

Government says Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela’s behavior at the Makalamabedi Foot and Mouth disease gate demonstrated a character and demeanor of a person who couldn’t care less about national interests such as the security of the beef industry, upon which the majority of Batswana depend for their livelihood. 

In this connection Government warns that any person who behaves in a manner that threatens the national interests of Botswana will be dealt with in accordance with the full might of the law.

Government calls upon all officials manning animal disease control points to take all necessary steps to ensure full compliance with all search and inspection procedures at the gates without fear or favour.

 

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