BISSAU SAYS AS HE MOVES TO CLEAR HIS NAME
A Gaborone businessman,Bissau Gaobakwe has denied allegations flying around both in Botswana and in South Africa that he hit a South African celebrity and broke her nose in a bar brawl.
Speaking in an interview with The Voice on Tuesday, Bissau said a scuffle broke out at Absolut Bar between him and a local press photographer, David Baaitse who had splashed him with a beer.
“David is the one who started this whole mess but just because I am Bissau I had to be in the news.
Berry Heart and one Simba (Gabz Fm radio jockey) who were in the company of Motene and David decided to drag both my name and the name of the country in the mud by implicating me,” He said
Further explaining what happened that night Bissau said: “It is a fact that I left Absolut bar in a rush.
Yes, I had to leave the scene before it could get ugly. The guy splashed alcohol on us.
That’s how the whole fracas started. I don’t know Motene. I had never met her before.
Maybe one of my boys I was with hit her by a mistake. I can’t tell. Even the police have vindicated me. There is no charge against me.”
Despite all that Bissau has however since apologized to the South African High Commission that Motene was hurt.
“I did it because I am sorry that a woman got hit. I have never laid my hand on a lady in my life and I will never beat a woman David is the one who was supposed to be hurt,not Motene” he said.
As a businessman with links in South Africa he expressed concern that the incident might put his life in danger as people in that country might want to revenge.
“This is not a small issue. When ‘B’ drops out of his Lamborghini in Jozi some person who might have been misled to believe that I actually beat their celebrity might shoot me.
And all that for what? For the fact that some two ambitious ladies messed up my name.
I have grown up and I am trying to forget the past. They shouldn’t revive their careers with my name.
I made my name they should also work hard to make theirs,” said the man who has stayed on the right side of the law since his conviction on pulling a gun on his friend over 10 years ago.
Meanwhile Heart said that the intention was not to tarnish both the names of Botswana and Bissau.“Rose was panicking.
She was in a foreign country. She needed assurance that she will be safe.
I didn’t sellout my country, I was just trying to assist my guest the best way I could,” She said.
Heart also pointed out that contrary to local perception that Motene was broke and didn’t even have transport fare back home Motene had money on her.
“ It is not true that she wanted a free ride to her home country. She had her own money,” said the local poet.