Two Namibian citizens were shot and killed by seemingly ‘trigger-happy’ members of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) after they crossed into Botswana on an illegal and ill-fated nocturnal hunting expedition at around midnight on Tuesday.
The two victims, residents of the villages of Nakabolelwa and Kabulabula bordering the game-rich Chobe National Park some 80 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo, have been identified as Munguni Siyanga Richard (36) and Nyambe Nyambe, whose age is not yet known.
According to police spokesperson, Warrant-Officer Geoffrey Samunzala, one of the corpses, although it is not clear which of the two, is in a mortuary at Kasane, while the other is still missing.
It is suspected that the missing body might still be in the Chobe River, which separates Namibia from Botswana and along which many Namibians have been shot and killed in similar fashion in the past for alleged poaching.
The Chobe National Park has a high concentration of elephants and is home to hundreds of thousands of other game species such as lion, zebra, giraffe, eland and buffalo.
“According to a report we received, one body is in Kasane and another one is still missing. We are busy conducting a joint police operation in trying to locate the other body and also to investigate. As for now, we are still not sure whose body is in Kasane of the two, until such time that we positively identify the body,” confirmed Warrant-Officer Samunzala.
Samunzala further said that the names of the deceased were provided by relatives who are missing the two men. More....