Police have recorded two incidents of rape involving two minors, which took place at different places during Easter Holidays.
District No.5 Officer Commanding, Senior Superintendent Peter Gochela confirmed the incidents, noting that the first incident involved a 14-year-old girl who was raped by his 36-year- old brother at Kookale cattle post some 20 kilometers from Maun.
He revealed that the duo was sleeping in the same house but using different blankets and the suspect attacked his sister and raped her at night. The incident took place on April 11 and the suspect was reported to be still at large.
Another incident, he said took place on April 11, whereby a 23-year-old man raped a 10-year-old girl at Metsimatala cattle post.
Snr Supt Gochela reported that the suspect was hired as a herdboy by the victim’s family and the incident took place while both the suspect together with the victim were heading to the kraal.
He said the victim reported the matter to her mother who rushed her to the hospital where it was confirmed that she had been sexually abused. Furthermore, he said the suspect was arrested the same day while investigations continue.
Police are also investigating three incidents whereby some men were arrested for possession of a substance suspected to be dagga.
Snr Supt Gochela revealed that a 41-year-old teacher at Gunotsoga Primary School together with two other suspects were arrested at a roadblock after a search of their vehicle and found 83 small sachets containing a green substance suspected to be dagga.
One of the suspects, he said was a resident of Gunotsoga in the Okavango District while the other one was from Maun and worked as a carpenter.
Still in Okavango, two men aged 24 and 29 were arrested in Gumare after a search at one of the roadblocks and police found seven sachets suspected to be dagga and P9 000, which they suspected that it could be the proceeds from the sale of dagga.
Senior Superintendent Gochela said the duo originates from Kgosing ward in Shakawe and they were found in Gumare driving a white combi but failed to account for their visit to Gumare.
Meanwhile, Maun police also arrested three men at Riverside ward in Maun on April 11 following a tip off from some members of the community that they were selling dagga.
Snr Supt Gochela said the police rushed to the suspects’ homestead and searched their house only to find 14 sachets and a black plastic containing the green substance hidden in a dressing table in one of the bedrooms.
Investigations, he said were ongoing to establish if there was a connection between the suspects as they were all arrested same day.
The police chief noted that the incidents were worrisome, as it seemed people had now resorted to the sale of dagga for intoxication since all liquor outlets were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. BOPA