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Namibian detectives to help investigate Botswana killings

Namibian detectives to help investigate Botswana killings

Maria David

SEASONED detectives from the Namibian Police will be dispatched to Botswana next week to take part in a joint investigation with their counterparts into the killing last week of four fishermen from the Zambezi Region near Kasane.

 

The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said during a media briefing in Oshakati on Thursday that three of his top detectives will depart for Botswana to take part in the investigations in Botswana that is set to start on 17 November.

 

The four fishermen from Impalila Island, brothers Tommy Nchindo, Wamunyima Nchindo, Martin Nchindo, and their cousin from Zambia, Sinvula Munyeme, were allegedly killed by soldiers of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) while they were fishing in the southern channel of the Chobe River near Kasane last Thursday night.

 

Pictured: Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga. Photo: File

 

The BDF claims that the men were busy poaching wildlife in a restricted area which eventually led to their deaths at the hands of the soldiers.

 

“The investigation will focus on the whole incident, including the scene, how it took place, how they were shot and all the technicalities,” Ndeitunga said.

 

Ndeitunga indicated that two members of the Namibian Police and two family members of the deceased fishermen have already left for Francistown to observe the post mortem examinations that will be conducted on the deceased people on Friday.

 

He used the same platform to caution Namibians living along the borders to refrain from crossing borders illegally.

 

“We should not cross borders into other countries without permits. We have to respect the law put in place by the Namibia and its neighbouring countries,” he said.

 

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