Bots cops shoot Zim man

23 days no treat­ment, de­por­ta­tion af­ter bul­let in the eye

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube

A ZIM­BAB­WEAN man from Chi­tung­wiza was re­port­edly shot on the left eye by Botswana Po­lice dur­ing an op­er­a­tion against il­le­gal im­mi­grants in that coun­try.

Au­thor­i­ties in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try al­legedly de­ported the in­jured man af­ter keep­ing him in cus­tody for 23 days with­out treat­ment.

Re­gional immigration of­fi­cer in charge of the Western re­gion, Mr Re­gies Mun­yaradzi, said Botswana of­fi­cials on Fri­day de­ported an in­jured Mr Wayne Murova but his of­fice sent him back into the neigh­bour­ing coun­try for treat­ment.

“A Zim­bab­wean was de­ported from Botswana and he ar­rived un­der the es­cort of of­fi­cials from the neigh­bour­ing coun­try. We had to send him back be­cause he had an in­jured eye.

“We ad­vised our coun­ter­parts that we could not ac­cept him into the coun­try as he was in­jured and we sent him back for treat­ment. Right now he is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Botswana,” said Mr Mun­yaradzi.

He said Mr Murova would be de­ported af­ter he has re­cov­ered.

A po­lice source from Plumtree who pre­ferred anonymity said Mr Murova had lost vi­sion in his left eye as a re­sult of the at­tack. He said the Zim­bab­wean was shot on Septem­ber 7. The po­lice source said Mr Murova was be­ing held at Molopolole Camp in Botswana where he was be­ing treated await­ing de­por­ta­tion.

“On 7 Septem­ber Mr Murova was shot with an AK 47 ri­fle by Botswana Po­lice that were con­duct­ing a raid in Gaborone. He was at­tempt­ing to flee when he was shot.

“He was ar­rested with other il­le­gal im­mi­grants and he was de­tained at a de­por­ta­tion camp. At the time when they es­corted him to the Plumtree Bor­der his left eye had gone blind and it was swollen be­cause he didn’t get treat­ment,” he said.

The po­lice source said in another in­ci­dent, Batswana au­thor­i­ties shot a Zaka man on the thigh in July and de­ported him af­ter he had re­ceived treat­ment in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

He said Mr Shadreck Mu­dambi was shot dur­ing a raid in Mo­lapi­wabo­jang area which is 80 kilo­me­tres from Gaborone. Mr Mu­dambi was de­ported on Septem­ber 28. Sev­eral Zim­bab­weans have died or been se­verely as­saulted af­ter be­ing caught on the wrong side of the law while in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try

A 35-year-old Zim­bab­wean man from Mangwe died af­ter Botswana Po­lice al­legedly as­saulted him for il­le­gal mi­gra­tion. Mr Oscar Kani of Mkhubazi Vil­lage Sanzukwi was di­ag­nosed with sub­du­ral haem­or­rhage as a re­sult of head in­juries, which re­sulted in his death.

Mr Qhawe Moyo, who is from Nkedile area in Mangwe Dis­trict, died af­ter the Botswana law en­force­ment agents shot him in a sus­pected case of smug­gling.

Botswana sol­diers shot and wounded Mr Al­ters Nde­bele (23) of Tshankwa area in Bulil­ima Dis­trict af­ter they caught him try­ing to en­ter the neigh­bour­ing coun­try through an il­le­gal point.

They al­legedly dumped him at a bushy area where he was picked up by passersby who fer­ried him to hospi­tal.

A 21-year-old Bulil­ima wo­man died af­ter be­ing de­nied med­i­cal as­sis­tance while de­tained at a po­lice sta­tion in Botswana.

Ms Nonhlanhla Nde­bele was ar­rested for il­le­gal mi­gra­tion while she was crit­i­cally ill and on her way to her home area.

Po­lice de­tained her for four days and she died af­ter suc­cumb­ing to chest pains and dif­fi­cul­ties in breath­ing.— @DubeMatutu.

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