President Hage Geingob has stated authorities will contemplate the request by the household of the three brothers and a cousin, who had been gunned down by members of the Botswana Defence Drive (BDF) late final 12 months, to view the contents of the report into the killing. The three brothers, Tommy (48), Martin (40) and Wamunyima Nchindo (36), and their cousin Sinvula Muyeme (44), had been shot by the BDF on 5 November final 12 months alongside the Chobe River.
Geingob, in accordance with press secretary Alfredo Hengari, stated this throughout a gathering between him and the Nchindo household at Impalila Island within the Zambezi area on Sunday.
He was accompanied by Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu, Chief Kisco Liswani III of the Masubia, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, newly appointed residence affairs minister Albert Kawana, secretary to Cupboard George Simataa and surroundings deputy minister Heather Sibungo.
“With regard to the report, which the Nchindo household requested to see, the President knowledgeable them the joint report investigation into the killings was full, as he had beforehand introduced, and the Authorities would contemplate their request to view contents of the report,” Hengari quoted Geingob as having informed the household.
Nonetheless, Hengari stated Geingob emphasised that the query of jurisdiction was equally essential, and the report couldn’t be made public.
On his half, Nchindo household spokesperson Owen Sinvula expressed appreciation to Geingob and the federal government for having comforted the household throughout a troublesome interval after the killings of the Nchindo brothers and their cousin, together with the brothers’ mom, Alphonsina Nkungano Mubu, who later handed away.
Sinvula additionally used the chance to distance the household from the actions of the Zambezi Lives Matter (ZLM) motion.
Sinvula additional requested extra help following the deaths of the brothers, to which Geingob responded that the federal government would look into the request for help, along with what had been offered already.
“We request authorities to barter for compensation with the Botswana authorities. Within the occasion that the matter is earlier than court docket in Botswana, to permit family members to attend court docket proceedings as we convey the matter to closure,” stated Sinvula.
In the meantime, throughout an earlier assembly held between Geingob and conventional leaders on the island, members of the neighborhood raised numerous developmental issues, together with the absence of ample well being infrastructure on the island, and different infrastructure deficits resulting in poor entry to the mainland, in addition to the necessity for extra employment alternatives for the residents.
Hengari stated Geingob knowledgeable neighborhood members that authorities would look into the problems raised, and the related authorities workplaces, ministries and businesses would take a look at addressing the issues of the Impalila neighborhood.
He stated the neighborhood additional requested Geingob to return to the island earlier than the completion of his presidential time period, a request Geingob acceded to with out hesitation.
Those that had been a part of the assembly, in accordance with Hengari, had been Chief Kisco Liswani III of the Masubia, Chief Boniface Shufu of the Mayeyi, Chief Joseph Tembwe Mayuni of the Mashi and Chief George Mamili VII of the Mafwe.
On their half, Hengari stated the tribal leaders assured Geingob of their continued cooperation to be able to advance the collective developmental pursuits of the area.
‘Earlier than court docket’
In March this 12 months, Botswana chief Mokgweetsi Masisi informed journalists throughout a working go to on the Namibian State Home that the joint investigation report into the capturing was not but for public consumption. On the time, Masisi claimed there was a judicial course of that also wanted to be accomplished in Botswana earlier than the report is launched to the general public. “As is the case in Botswana and the incident passed off in Botswana, there’s a judicial course of. Sadly, in the interim, the matter is sub judice,” Masisi was quoted as saying. “There’s a course of that also must be accomplished in Botswana. I’d advise strongly not for the report back to be made public till so authorised by a reliable court docket. The content material of the report established all of the information. Allow us to not go forward of the reality, till the competent court docket authorises it.”