ACCUSED: Andrew Dobolo

Police are investigating allegations against well-known karate instructor Andrew Dobolo, accused of sexually assaulting two young girls in his charge during last month’s Botswana Games.

Dobolo, a Presidential award winner and viewed as one of the country’s shining sports personalities, was the manager of the Gaborone karate team during the competition when the alleged incidents occurred.

Filing charges recently the girl’s parents contented that on two separate occasions Dobolo lured the two girls aged 13 and 15 to his house where he sexually molested them.

Top karate coach Andrew Dobolo faces criminal charges and censure from the sport’s governing body if accusations of sexual assault on two underage girls are proved.

In the first incident last December, the Gaborone karate team leader, who was voted Sport’s Person of the Year in 2005, is reported to have taken a 13-year-old girl under his charge, away from the team with the pretext that he was going to discipline her for failing to attend training sessions on time. However according to the allegations against him, he instead headed to his house where he groped her private parts and attempted to have sex with her.
With the 15-year-old girl, the karate team boss allegedly lied that he had received a phone call from the teenager’s family that her mother had fallen sick. Instead of taking the girl home, Dobolo apparently again drove to his house where he groped but did not have penetrated sex with her. On both occasions Dobolo is said to have then dropped the girls off at Sebele College where the girls’ team was camping during last month’s week long Botswana Games.

District Youth Officer Oaitse Mbaiwa, who was the Chef de Mission for the Gaborone team confirmed the allegations and charges against Dobolo.

Mbaiwa said that when Dobolo left with the girl that ‘needed discipline’ he saw nothing suspicious as team managers and coaches were free to interact with their team players at any time.

“So far no action has been taken as the matter is still being investigated by the police. Should the allegations turn out to be true it will be the first case of such a nature in the history of sport in Botswana and we would have to make sure that the culprit faces the full weight of the law,” he said.

“The girls are reported to be undergoing counseling with the support of their families while their matter was scheduled to be discussed during the evaluation of the Botswana Games,” Mbaiwa added.
Gaborone West Acting Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Kebueng Hulela confirmed that they were investigating an indecent assault case against a Botswana National Sports Council employee.

“The case was reported to the police on 16 December and it involved two young girls aged 14 and 15, Superintendent Hulela said.

When contacted for a comment Dobolo’s angry response was that he would wait for the publication of the story before saying anything.

Dobolo, a corporal in the BDF based at the SSKB barracks in Gaborone, has been involved in karate over a number of years. In 2007 he launched a karate development programme for children aged 6-15 for his DA Sports Club at Riverwalk Mall.

SEXUAL OFFENCES AND THE LAW
In the wake of indecent assault charges laid against top karate coach, Andrew Dobolo, Gaborone West Police station commander, Bonnie Bareki has clarified circumstances surrounding various sexual offences.

The criminal definition of RAPE:  “Any person who has an unlawful canal knowledge of another person or causes a penetration of a sexual organ or instrument of whatever nature into the person of another for the purposes of sexual gratification or who causes the penetration of another person(s) sexual organ into his or her person without the consent of such other person or with such person’s consent if the consent is obtained by force or threats or intimidation of any kind or by fear of bodily harm or by means of false pretences as to the nature of the act or in case of a married person by personating that person’s spouse is guilty of an offence called Rape.”

*The offender shall be sentenced to a minimum of ten years if found not to be HIV positive and a minimum of 15 years with maximum of life imprisonment if HIV positive.

Attempted Rape: Any person who attempts rape is guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be sentenced to a minimum of five years imprisonment or maximum of life imprisonment with or without corporal punishment.

Indecent assault: Any person who unlawfully and indecently assaults any person is guilty of an offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years with or without corporal punishment.

*The Public Prosecutor can determine the evidence and ask for amendment of the charge sheet to attempted rape or less.

Defilement: Any person who unlawfully and carnally knows any person (s) under the age of 16 years is guilty of an offence and upon conviction shall be sentenced to a minimum term of ten years imprisonment or to a maximum term of life imprisonment

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tswina

eish, mathata!

Ms v

hey monna yo 0 borai mo matshelong a bana.

cheerful

“In the first incident last December, the Gaborone karate team leader, who was voted Sport’s Person of the Year in 2005, is reported to have taken a 13-year-old girl under his charge, away from the team with the pretext that he was going to discipline her for failing to attend training sessions on time. However according to the allegations against him, he instead headed to his house where he groped her private parts and attempted to have sex with her. With the 15-year-old girl, the karate team boss allegedly lied that he had received a phone call from the teenager’s… Read more »

cheerful

The first incident: One would think that the instructor would communicate with the parents to tell them that he is not happy with the child coming late.

Aty.

GA O SWABE KA NKO E KIMA. BATHO BAO BA LEKANE GO NNA BANA BA GAGO.

hey badi dira diaba dumela borre ba fatshe leno.

Gravel

Yah neh the brother is in 4 a high jump, but lets not ridicule him until he is proven guilty by a court of law!

mogopodi

Cheerful,the parents have got nothing to do in discipling the kids for late coming,the team coach and his managers can take a decision just there to discipline the child.Dobs will have to wait for the verdict.O kabo a ba neetse tsela ba boela gae,mo ke mathata jaanong.

cheerful

There maybe a difference of opinion i would not want anyone to discipline my children without my knowledge or without first consulting me

cheerful

I am still of the view that there should have been a Chaperone for these underage children present to keep a watchful eye on them and those around them

izzy

many ladies out ther r lookin 4 men wena o ganellela mo baneng,sies.maswe a gagwe

mduduzi

monna ke wena a ntseehe o ganwa ke basadi mo baneng o batlang old enough to be the father of those kids

ao,mo baneng rra!o tlhokile eng tota kana ke gone go batla go itlhatswa madi/

Rarefri

The guy really messed up by taking the kids away from the scene. He is an adult, and he ought to have known that the children will tell at home. And by that, they will say anything and be believed. So it is his word against theirs. The law is there to protect minors, not adults in this case. He should be suspended while the case continues. I agree with @ Cheerful, that another adult, especially an older woman should have been present to witness the discipline. If these kinds of things happen to little girls, I am never letting… Read more »

Bazuka

ne re tsaya gore re na le bogogi jo bo botoka mo go tsa metshameko. jaanong go raya gore nnake a emise go ya training ya karati eo ka gonne re tloga re welwa ke seru se. bana ba dire eng jaanong ka gore re dumela gore metshameko e ba ntsha mo mekgwatlheng? answer me bagaetsho.

cheerful

1. At the moment the matter is under investigation.

2. There must be people who witnessed the child being taken away and that goes for the second incident

3. If the person is found guilty what will happen to the awards that he has been given? in my view it would be most embarrassing to have someone be in possession of such awards.

cheerful

If the allegations are found to be true, the people who organised the Games should take part of the blame for their failure to ensure that there was no one put in charge to ensure the safety and well being of underage children taking part

Ganzy

no comment this time only after the case is close awil have more to say

wezy

chuu.. lesole ke leo mo baneng..o nkgodi wena o jangkokwana e bophosa phosa osa phamole dikoko tse ditona.waitse modimo o thusitse bana faele ke nnete ga wa ba ja..sis mo malwetse a kana obata go destroyer future ya bana? seja bana ke seo, huree..maswe a gago.ga o eletsa e sengloose ke eng osa je bana ba gago?? sis skheberesh sa monnamogolo..

cheerful

I will add that the person appointed to take care of the underage children should have gone under a special check to see if they have any criminal convictions eg. child abuse, murder etc.

Bull-ASS

ooooh Oaitse Mbaiwa u talkn senseless monna, u shld b a witness to those kids. if u dont explain whre in the world pr sports code written that students can be deciplines at coaches houses at night and especialy girls.. id a student miz trainings wat does it matter coz she had reason pluz it doesnt mean sh’s paid for those training…..its vivid wena monna Oaitse Mbaiwa o rotloetsa borukuthi mr.

cheerful

Find it odd that the the minor was not disciplined in front of the District Youth Officer who was The Chief de Mission who at the same time makes an unacceptable statement that “he saw nothing suspicious as team managers and coaches were free to interact with their team players at any time.”

Why did not the District Youth Officer Chief De Mission, insist that the minor be disciplined in their presence???

cheerful

Has the development programme for children 6-15 at this Sports Club been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations?????

o ka itshokela ngwana jaana

cosy

xwwwww!

skiripoto

heish! mmaba o bereka ka ditsela tsotlhe. o a bo a ne a kgatlhilwe ke eng mo baneng ba ba kana. hiy!

mpntsa

Go kgoba marapo e bile go senya le boleng jwa karate ya Botswana….betsho re ya kae,kana ke ene 2016?

patpet

mpntsa!, o a bua waitse. banna ba ba tshwanang le ba senya maina a ba bangwe. next thing go ta bo gotwe BANNA mo baneng, go sa twe dobolo mo baneng. 2016 is unachievable with all these things happening. i think these things will end ha Jeso a sena go ta, in the mean tym things are just getting worse.

cheerful

2016 can be achieved if people in positions are listening and organisations are also making a contribution

jabulani

Bo dobolo ba itiga seriti waitse mxem…. bana hela ba bana aee one a gana… it is very true that 2016 is unachivable concerning dikgang tsone tse tsa bo dobolo mo ekabong ele bone ba gogang ko pele mo go netefatseng gore we achive our goals rele batswana ka 2016 bone ba ikentsha digogela thoko

kingm

plz ka o motho y motona nd basadi ba sokola ba sena banna wena o thoka eng? o ka ikutwa jang monna ale kana ka wena a porapora your sista fool!

chizgal

Baa moakela eseng ene, yo ke wame….