- Prohibited Immigrant implicates DIS in Mochudi murder
- Family still await post mortem report 4-years- later
A Zimbabwean man who was deported and declared a prohibited immigrant in 2008 has come back to haunt the security establishment with damning allegations of why he was sent packing.
The Office of the President ordered Jefat Chiganda’s deportation for security reasons soon after a Mochudi family engaged him to trace their daughter’s missing cellphone.
Joyce Pheko was found dead on a hilltop four years ago in what the family believe to a ritual killing, claiming the police covered-up details of their investigation to protect high profile suspects.
This week Chinganda, 44, who came back into the country in June, appeared briefly before the Broadhurst Magistrates’ court facing fraud charges that he claimed were fabricated to keep him away from revealing the truth surrounding Pheko’s murder.
The Zimbabwean national owned a cellphone tracking company that was closed down after his arrest.
In an interview with The Voice from the Maximum Security prison in Gaborone on Tuesday, Chiganda who is married to a Motswana woman with two kids, claimed that apart from returning to be reunited with his family, he needed to come back to establish the truth about Pheko’s disappearance.
“Authorities have tried all they can to shut me up but they can’t. I know I’m not safe here and I can be killed anytime, but at least the world will know the truth,” he said.
Explaining events that led to his initial arrest which culminated in deportation, Chinganda said: “Pheko”s cellphone had rung unanswered for weeks and I discovered through my tracking device that it was in an area around the State House.
“Out of the blue, DIS agents came and took me to the CID offices where they tortured me for no apparent reason. They then took me to the immigration office where immigration authorities filed a deportation application with the Village Magistrates court but were turned down,” he said.
After spending a few days in prison, Chiganda said that security agents closed his business down and confiscated his property. “I was told that I was a threat to national security and deported to Zimbabwe through the Ramokgwebana border.
“When authorities realised three months ago that I was back in the country they started looking for ways to keep me in prison. Two police officers from Broadhurst police station forged my signature on my old company cheque leaf and claimed that I was trying to make a payment at Jan Trading Company. They are on suspension as we speak pending investigations,” he claimed.
At press time, Superintendent Goratwang Odumetse of Broadhurst police said he was yet to familiarize himself with details of the officers’ suspension.
Meanwhile Pheko’s family in Mochudi have confirmed that they had engaged Chiganda in the search for their daughter. Her brother, Thabo says the family was still awaiting a post mortem report after his sister’s body was found on a hill at Raserura ward in 2008.
“The police told us that she had committed suicide, but her throat was slit and her body parts were missing. Her lower limbs were also missing and she had been stitched on the knees. I suspect high profile people were involved in the murder of my sister and security agents were covering up for them,” he said.
Thabo said that Mochudi police had denied the family the right to see details of the post mortem. “When I demanded to see the post mortem results Assistant Superintendent
Kabelo Bome pushed me out and refused to cooperate. I tried to see the President personally but officials at his office refused to allow me the opportunity.
I approached Dr Mabaka the pathologist, and he told me he had discovered some things during the post mortem that he could not reveal unless he was summoned before a court of law.
“I find this very disturbing especially that my sister’s phone had been ringing even six weeks after she had gone missing and the police were refusing to engage the network provider to trace the phone,” he said.
Thabo who is also a first cousin to Segametsi Mogomotsi, another suspected ritual murder victim whose death report was never made public despite a national outcry in 1993, believes his sister was also murdered for ritual purposes.
When approached for comment at his office, the pathologist Dr Kaone Panzira-Mabaka referred The Voice to the police. “Beside the fact that this is confidential information, I can’t say anything without permission from the PR office,” he said.
Chris Mbulawa, the Police Public Relations Officer referred The Voice to Mochudi police where Assistant Superintendent Kabelo Bome claimed that the Pheko family had in-fact been given the post mortem report. “I don’t know why they’re still holding onto this issue. It’s supposed to be over by now,” he said
Isaac Kgosi, the DIS Director laughed off the matter and dismissed Chiganda’s claims as ‘nonsense.’ Had he told us about his cellphone tracking technology we would have probably employed him by now,” he said.
Like Segametsi, Joyce Pheko’s death remains a murder statistic in the police unsolved file, once again leaving the family with more questions than answers.