GUNNED DOWN: Marco Mpatane

GUNNED DOWN: Marco Mpatane

THE family of a young man who succumbed to gun injuries sustained in a drive by shooting in Gaborone two weeks ago have demanded arrests.

26- year- old Marco Mpatane died on Sunday after a week in intensive care unit at Princess Marina Hospital following the hit and run incident.

At a funeral service that was held at Phase 2 on Wednesday , his   incenssed brother, Esau Mpatane said the family felt that the police were slow in making arrests and bringing his brothers’ cold blooded killers to book.

“It has been over a week now since this incident occurred and my brother’s killers are known, but the police haven’t arrested them.

They have confiscated the vehicle that the killers used but what’s surprising is that no one has been arrested so far.

As his family we are getting anxious and we want justice to be done.

I want these gun-toting killers to know that I’ll be coming for them soon. People saw them that night and we know who they are and where the police have failed us we will succeed,” said  Esau.

Meanwhile hundreds of friends and well-wishers who joined family members for prayers spoke highly of the youthful young man who worked as a flight attendant at Air Botswana.

“He was a peace loving lad who loved life and enjoyed having fun with his mates. We expected a lot from him and his passing has been a huge loss for the family and everyone who knew him,”Esau said.

A friend and eyewitness to the shooting, Eatile Calvin Lesolopo (25) said on the fateful night they were pub crawling until they ended up at a pub at Riverwalk mall.

“What ended with Marcos death started when a girl that we were with had a quarrel with another girl who was with some coloured guys.

She is a close friend that we hang out with often and when Marco tried to quell the fight this bunch of coloured guys intervened.

We then left the guys and got into the car and drove away.

We decided to go and refill at the nearby Shell gas station and that was when these guys drove by and fired a shot that hit Marco and sped away past our car,” he recalled.

Esau said he received a call immediately after the incident and that was when he got to the scene the assailants had already fled.

“It was such a sorry sight. When the police came the guys had already gone and Marco was rushed to the hospital.

On Sunday we received the sad news that he had succumbed to the head injury and passed on,” he said Police Public Relations Officer, Christopher Mbulawa confirmed the incident and said that investigations were still ongoing: “I’m not aware of the latest development, but I can confirm that by the beginning of this week we had not established any leads yet.

The family have also informed us of the death of their son and we are investigating a case of murder,” he said.

Mpatane will be laid to rest on Sunday in Francistown.

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