By Onalenna Kelebeile
A Botswana Congress Party (BCP councillor and two of his companions spent last Thursday night in police custody after they were arrested for poaching and illegal possession of a firearm. Joseph Monyeki Molamu said they were caught while hunting guinea fowls along Martins' Drift-Palapye Road by the police who demanded a permit for the rifle he was using and a hunting licence, all of which he did not have at the time. "I was taken to the police station and I called somebody from home to bring the documents to the police (station)," he said.
He added that the detention was necessary because the police had to check the validity of the documents and to search the vehicle the following morning since it was already late in the evening. He said he was released the following morning after the police satisfied themselves that the permit and licence were valid.
"I then paid P1,000 admission of guilty and went home," he said. The Mokobeng councillor and his associates were nabbed on Thursday evening after they were found in possession of three guinea fowls and a gun. He does not fear that the incident has the potential to affect his political career. He said the people understood that it was just a question of having forgotten the licence(s) at home. ÒWhen I reached home, everybody knew about the incident and some distorted the whole thing, but I explained everything to them,Ó he said.
After the incident, BCP vice-president, Kesitegile Gobotswang warned party councillors and prospective candidates for the coming general elections to be careful because there are bound to be acts of political intimidation and sabotage. ÒIn the event that they are found to be in breach of the law, justice must take its due course because BCP believes in the rule of law as well as natural justice," he said. More....