a-house-on-fireA 30- year- old Francistown woman has been remanded in custody after she recently set Area S military garrison barracks in on fire.

The Pandagala Junior School Guidance and Counselling teacher is said to have lost it after she found women  clothing in her army husband’s house while he was still away on a festive break.

A soldier residing in the barracks told The Voice that the entire block of 25 houses which was home to 100 men was razed to the ground by the raging inferno.

The soldier who asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation told The  Voice that the woman’s husband was at his home village in Tamasane for a weekend when the incident happened. The two have a three-month old baby together.

“It seems the wife had a tip off that her husband was cheating on her and had come to investigate. She lost her temper when she found a woman’s clothing inside the house and set the items on fire,” he said.

Things turned from bad to worse for the woman when the fire got out of control, and engulfed the entire building.

“Realising the amount of damage she had caused, she collapsed,” said the source.

The eye witness further said the woman was very lucky because most of the rooms were vacant as soldiers were away on holiday.

“It could have been worse. For now the officers affected have been given temporary accommodation and they have their meals served in the military kitchen,” he said.

Botswana Police Public Relations Officer; Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa confirmed the incident.

“Luckily there were no injuries or loss of life. The woman will however remain in custody as Police investigations continue,” said Mbulawa.

Meanwhile Botshabelo Police in Selibi- Phikwe are investigating a case in which a 32-year-old man from Malatsi ward in Sefhophe committed suicide on Saturday. It is alleged that he had a fight with his girlfriend and in the process cut her nose, ears and lips before hanging himself.

Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng said that the woman was referred to Princes Marina Hospital.

“She was brutally assaulted and we are still awaiting a medical report which is needed for the investigation,” he said.

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