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Road accident victim battles Government for compensation 12 years after horror crash

12 years after surviving a horrific road accident whilst on a school trip, Phineas Reakae remains a frustrated man, angry at the lack of support he has received from government.

He is battling to cope with life and the memory of the accident which killed four of his mates from Sedie Junior Secondary School as well as two teachers and the bus driver.

“It was 27th August 2007. We had just won the national school football competition finals in Gaborone and we were driving back when our minibus collided with a truck near Rakops. I watched helplessly as my teammates, teachers and driver burnt to death inside the vehicle. Even now I can still hear their screams,” the 31-year-old recalled, his voice little more than a whisper.

“I suffered leg injuries and am still going through physical pain and trauma.”

Back then he thought he was the lucky one to have survived the horror.

Today, as he struggles to get his life back on track, he wonders if he may not have been better off dead.

“I have a metal pin in my left thigh which causes it to ache whenever it is cold and when it rains. I can no longer play football. I am full of anger and hatred. I have too much emotional stress and I therefore rarely socialise. I cannot be with my family because I feel unworthy,” said the father of two.

Following the incident he says he did not receive any form of counselling.

“I performed poorly in my junior secondary school and my life has been miserable ever since. I would have done better if I hadn’t been in hospital for two months. When I was discharged I went straight to the exam room in October and I was not given a chance to repeat or proceed further with my education.”

From being an A grade student, Keakae ended up with an E grade at JC and blames government for his failure.

Following the injury he was compensated with around P35, 000.

Help me before i do something stupid!
Phineas showing scars on his left thigh

He used the money to buy a residential plot and build a house for himself.

Currently he is down and out and wants the government to give him at least P500, 000 so that he may kick start his life and earn a decent livelihood, something he is confident he could have created for himself had he not been injured.

As he continues his battle with government, Keakae came to The Voice’s Maun offices in the hope the publicity would spur the authorities into action before his frustrations lead him to do ‘something drastic’.

It has been five weeks since The Voice sent a questionnaire to the Ministry of Education. To date, the only response received from the public relation’s office is, “We are still gathering facts.”

Acting chief Public Relations Officer in the ministry, Onkarabile Phefo has promised a response ‘anytime now’.

12 years after the incident, it can’t come soon enough.

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Son of BDP women’s wing SG accused of forging DIS boss signature



Yes I was detained and questioned- Maruapula

A man rumoured to be romantically linked to the reigning Miss Botswana, Oweditse Phirinyane was this week allegedly nabbed and questioned for impersonating a Directorate Of Intelligence Services (DIS) agent.

The suspect, Mompati Maruapula is the son of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) women’s wing secretary General, Neo Maruapula.

He reportedly attracted law enforcement officers’s attention by uttering a false document, complete with a forged signature of the Director General of the DIS Peter Magosi as ‘proof” that he was employee of the DIS when he was not.

He allegedly produced the fake proof of employment in an attempt to fraudulently purchase a BMW vehicle limited addition at one of the car dealers in Gaborone, an eyewitness has claimed.

“The car dealership phoned the DIS to confirm and that is when law enforcement agencies were alerted and a sting operation was set in motion to nab him,” the source further narrated.

He was then told to come back at 2Pm for the car only for him to find security agents waiting to catch him.

Asked to comment on the incident Maruapula explained that he was not charged but simply questioned.

“They (Police) said they would get back to me. I have not yet been charged with any crime. I was briefly detained and released yes. It is true,” he said in a brief interview.

The DIS when quizzed about the matter referred The Voice to The Botswana Police.

“I cannot confirm nor deny your questions. Please liase with the Police for a full brief,” DISS spokesperson Edward Robert said.

Miss Botswana also refused to comment saying she would like to keep her private life private and quickly handed the phone to the recently divorced Maruapula who was in her company at the time.

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Montshiwa’s murder trial yet to start



Trial date for the late Fairground Holdings Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Montshiwa’s murder case has been postponed as Judge Michael Mothobi is on sick leave.

The main suspect in this matter attorney David Modise and his co-accused- a traditional doctor Tumelo Tshukudu, today appeared at the Gaborone High Court for mention and confirmation of trial dates.

The 35-year-old lawyer is linked to the death of his client, Montshiwa, and he is facing another charge of stealing by agent.

He is currently out on bail awaiting trial.

Montshiwa was shot and killed on the 18th of October, 2015 at his house in Block 6 Gaborone.

It is said that Modise was the last person to communicate with Montshiwa just minutes before the CEO’s fatal shooting.

Police investigations revealed that between June 30 and October 17, 2015, Modise withdrew about P245 000 from Montshiwa’s Trust account.

The money according to the Investigating Officer Detective Senior Superintendent Sergeant Marapo, was entrusted to Modise for the purchase of a plot for Montshiwa in Mogoditshane.

It is alleged that when Montshiwa realised that the money was missing from the Trust account, he communicated with Modise demanding to see him at his house on the night he was killed.

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DPP resuscitates 15 year ‘cold’ murder case



Nearly fifteen years after he allegedly hacked three people to death, the wheels of justice have started turning and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are reopening the files to bring murder suspect Mokolopi Mothusi to book.

The accused is facing a triple murder charge after he allegedly hacked to death a man, his wife, and their child with a tomahawk axe sometime in 2005 at Khonkhwa settlement near Jwaneng.

The matter appeared to have been forgotten for sometime, but on Monday the DPP reopened Mothusi’s files and he showed up in court walking with the aid of crutches.

Initially the matter was scheduled for trial for several dates in May but had to be postponed to December to allow the defense to locate witnesses.

“We are faced with a difficult matter here, so far the state had intended to call 20 witnesses, but we are informed that five of them have since died. We will also need time to locate our witnesses who are scattered somewhere in the desert,” said attorney Tengo Rubadiri who is defending Mothusi.

The matter was postponed and trial dates have been set for December 10th up to 15th 2020.

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, Kagiso Sejamabogo will have to wait a bit longer in prison before he is granted bail pending appeal of his 17-year prison sentence for various offences.

Although he has been in prison since 2012, Sejamabogo will have to wait until June before the High Court hears his appeal because a typist who was recording his case record at Molepolole Magistrates Court has been transferred to Mochudi.

Since 2018, Sejamabogo has been trying to get his case record from the court but the staff have been too busy with other engagements at the expense of his agonizing prison remand.

Justice Michael Leburu ordered the Molepolole Court Clerk to avail the record on the 29th of May and that the appellant will present his argument on June 22nd.

The appellant has had his prison term reduced to 11 years and has so far served eight years in prison.

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