ACCUSED: Diwanga

Broadhurst Magistrate Lenah Oahile-Mokibe this morning denied the man accused of triple murder bail.

Court heard that Kativa Diwanga, 33, and another man who was still at large on the 10th of June at Tsholofelo East, Broadhurst in Gaborone acting together and in concert murdered a husband, his wife and their 3 -year old daughter.

The Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Maikaelelo Chepete told the court that Diwanga’s Identity Card, Drivers Licence and other documents were found in the deceased’s car.

He said Diwanga shouldn’t be released on bail because police investigations were still at an initial stage and they needed more time to find Diwanga’s alleged co-accused.

“Our fear is that the accused person might interfere with our investigations if he is to be released. Diwanga’s name and the name of the other suspect who is still at large were scribbled on a piece of paper that was found in the car of the deceased.

When asked if he had anything to say 33-year-old Diwanga told of how on Saturday a man came to his tuck-shop in Block 1 Francistown to buy chips and sweets.

He said the man later borrowed his phone to call people he said was going to meet in Gaborone.

He further stated that the man, who introduced himself as a Tanzanian asked for accommodation.

“ He also asked for my phone number, name and wrote them on a piece of paper since he did not have a cellphone. I accommodated him that night and the following day he was gone. I realised my items were missing, identity cards and suspected he stole them. I went to police station to do an affidavit, went to transport to process a new licence and applied for Omang. After a few days I was arrested and linked to a murder case,” said Diwanga.

The murdered three are Methulesi Nsoliwa, Sebongile Marks and Melisa Marks.

Magistrate Mokibe said the evidence of phone call and documents linked the accused person to the incident.

She ordered that the accused be remanded in custody to allow the police to complete their investigations.

Diwanga will be back in court on the 2nd of July.

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