Dead man’s family demands answers over hunting accident
The distraught family of a guide who died in a mysterious hunting accident at a five-star Safari Camp in the Okavango Delta has suspected foul play.
Lister Kehemetswe who was employed as a guide at Qorokwe, which forms part of the Johan Calitz Safari camps in the Okavango Delta was found dead by the police last Saturday following a tragic guinea fowl hunting expedition under suspicious circumstances, his family has claimed.
Maun Police Station Commander Kenny Badumetse said the 51-year-old tracker, “Was trying to get closer to the guinea fowls but unfortunately something tempered with the gun and it fired a bullet that went through his head.”
The man’s grieving family in Sedie ward, Maun were however struggling to understand the police chief’s explanation concerning the circumstance surrounding the freak accident.
Family Spokesperson and uncle to the deceased, Dembo Mange (65) said that there was a mystery over the death. Kehemetswe who had been employed at the camp for the past ten years, was an experienced hunter and tracker.
“As an experienced hunter my nephew knew how to use a gun very well and there is no how he could have failed to handle a loaded gun appropriately. Again what is it that removed his body from the place where it was allegedly left without making any footprints on the sand?
“There is something fishy going on here and those who were with him when the alleged accident happened should be questioned,” Mange added.
The perturbed uncle further expressed disappointment that the camp owner had not bothered to visit the family since the tragedy struck, but simply sent a junior officer to send his condolences.
“My nephew worked for him as a hunting tracker for more than a decade. Surely that must count for something,” he said.
Two months ago the same camp was embroiled in another controversy after the King of Spain, Juan Carlos had to be air lifted to Madrid after tripping on the stairs and fracturing a hip bone. Police said they were still investigating the case while camp owner, Calitz said he would wait for the police investigations to be completed before commenting.