In buses, mini buses, and private cars departing and arriving in Molepolole, he dominates conversations.
Voice Reporter heard about M in a mini bus heading to Molepolole from the Gaborone bus rank but did not take much notice until the subject was raised again by a van driver who offered the reporter a lift from Molepolole.
On the third occasion M dominated a conversation in a Mazda 3 Sedan in which the same reporter was a passenger. Here is how the conversation went.
(Voice reporter hitches a ride from a Mazda 3 near Big Six bar in Molepolole.
The car stops and the driver orders the reporter and two other men to hurry up, get in and buckle up because Sub Inspector M might be coming from behind.)
DRIVER: Hurry up! I don’t want to be M’s victim.
Passengers: (All burst into laughter. Voice reporter quickly recalls stories said about Morris and joins staccatos of laughter)
MAN IN BLUE SHIRT: That guy is an ass. He has no mercy and respect for the human race.
MAN IN WHITE SHIRT: He is wrecking havoc in Molepolole. He once threatened to charge me because I did not have my Omang with me.
(All punctuate his utterance with laughter)
DRIVER: I hear he charged a very old woman because she did not buckle up at the back of a taxi.
He charged her P100. Imagine! This guy is playing with fire. He does not know that this is Molepolole, the land of man made thunder and lightning!
VOICE REPORTER: I hitched a ride from some guy driving a van and he told me that some man once accused the over zealous sub inspector of stealing P10, 000 from his car after the cop had impounded it.
DRIVER: In fact, he tried to stop that man and the man sped off.
Along the way, he abandoned the car and left the keys inside. Fearless M impounded it and drove it to the police station.
The following day the man produced a bank deposit slip claiming he left P10, 000 in the car and it had gone missing.
Crazy M was in trouble!
(All laugh again)
MAN IN WHITE SHIRT: That’s a good way to deal with idiots like him. Did he pay?
DRIVER: No one knows. The problem is that the same man went around bragging about how his brilliant plot to teach M a lesson.
If the court learns about it, M will definitely go scot free.
MAN IN WHITE SHIRT: People will plot evil against him.
Doesn’t he see many mad people roaming the main road in the village every day?
This is Molepolole and he should be careful.
They will cast evil spells on him and the next thing, he will be on the road with his tongue sticking out.
MAN IN BLUE SHIRT: Sprinter and taxi drivers will be the ones to plot evil against him because they are really fed up with his ridiculous antics.
They will contribute P50 each to have some powerful witchdoctor cast a spell on him. He is their enemy No.1.
Very soon he will be walking along the road speaking in tongues.
MAN IN WHITE SHIRT: He should learn from that Maun woman who worked for the Department of Road, Transport and Safety in Molepolole.
She terrorized taxi drivers and when she was supposed to testify in court against one taxi driver, she was struck by sudden blindness.
She could not see anymore. She went back home to (Maun) and never came back.
DRIVER: What pisses me off the most is that this cop goes around bragging that he wants to make more money for the government.
MAN IN BLUE SHIRT: I hear he told some people that this year alone, he made P3 million from charging people and he was bragging about it.
DRIVER: That’s true. He says he made P3 million this year alone.
Apparently traffic cops are given targets and this money goes into the police coffers and it’s used to augment the budget they receive from the Ministry of Defence Justice and Security.
MAN IN WHITE SHIRT: But this is unfair.
No wonder this M guy is such a crazy cop. Does he think charging people mercilessly will earn him a promotion? You mess with the people, you mess with God.
He won’t get that promotion.
MAN IN BLUE: Someone needs to call him to order. There was a guy called Taliban in Molepolole who terrorised the village and even beat up cops.
He was killed by a small boy who stabbed him with a knife. Police celebrated his death.
DRIVER: The day officer M dies, I am sure taxi drivers will all attend his funeral and celebrate because the demon that has been fighting them would have died.
(All laugh. The car reaches our destiny and we all disembark to various places)