A Francistown businessman, Oratile Sankoloba is nursing a bullet wound to his leg. Sankoloba, 31 was shot by a police officer at Tati Siding village last week for allegedly trying to flee police interrogation.The Director of Fassy Spares has however denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against the police for injuries inflicted on hi
Speaking to The Voice this week, Sankoloba said the incident occurred at around 11pm when he was was stopped by police officers and asked where he was going.
‘I told them I was going home and they released me. To my surprise they followed me and when I was still wondering what was happening they overtook me and drove over to my lane to block me.I swerved out of the road and stopped the car. When I got out to catch a leak they shot me on the thigh.”
He says as he screamed in pain he could hear the officer who shot him saying ,“That’ll teach you not to take the police for granted.”Sankoloba’s incensed father, Keifasi Johanne accused the police of being trigger happy and vowed to assist his son to fight for justice.
“I am really hurt by this. My son is not a criminal; he is a business man and a director of my company. I want to know what the law has to say about this kind of shooting. Why did they not chase him and handcuff him if he was running away? Was shooting the really best solution?”He asked.
Gerald Police Station Commander Masego Mathitha however said that when police officers flagged him down Sankoloba parked the car and bolted.
“They fired a warning shot and he did not stop, that’s when they became suspicious and shot him on the leg.” she said
The station commander further revealed that police were still investigating to establish whether a car engine that was found in Sankoloba was stolen or not.