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Botswana executes man over 2011 murders of his girlfriend and child


Botswana on Friday carried out the execution of a man who murdered his girlfriend and young son in 2011.

Phemelo Botogeleng, 34, was executed by hanging, the Botswana Prison Service said in a statement.

The last executions were carried out in February this year when 33-year-old Wedu Mosalagae and 29-year-old Kutlo Setima faced the gallows at Gaborone Central Prison. They had both been sentenced to death in 2019 for murder.

“The Botswana Prison Service wishes to inform the public that the execution of the death penalty passed on Mr Phemelo Botogeleng of Matshotha Ward in Lesenepole was carried out today, Friday 11th June 2021 at Gaborone Central Prison,” a statement by Senior Superintendent Oagile Kojane said.

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Botogeleng was convicted of the 2011 double murder of his girlfriend Annah Simon and his son Atang Simon at the Francistown High Court in July last year.

The Court of Appeal threw out his appeal against the sentence in February this year.

Botswana is one of a few countries in the world that still carries out capital punishment.

Following the February executions, Amnesty International’s Deprose Muchena said: “The continued use of the death penalty in Botswana and the sharp rise in executions under President Mokgweetsi Masisi is a chilling reminder of the contempt with which Botswana authorities view the right to life.

“The death penalty is cruel and inhuman, and there is no credible evidence that it has a greater deterrent effect on crime than imprisonment.”-zIMLIVE

IN OTHER NEWS:MDC-T VP Elias Mudzuri Faces Arrest For Murder

MDC-T vice president Elias Mudzuri faces arrest for murder, ZimLive has learnt.

The former Harare mayor was named by a dying man as the one of the people who brutally assaulted him at a bar in Harare on June 7.

Police are ready to swoop on Mudzuri over the murder of 23-year-old Ronald Mukumbira, of Epworth.

An internal police memo seen by ZimLive says Mukumbira was drinking beer at Duriro Pub & Grill in the Wokington industrial area when he was assaulted “with unknown weapons” by Mudzuri and others, including a Leonard Mudzuri thought to be related to the politician.

Mudzuri reportedly owns Duriro.

Left for dead, police say Mukumbira was rushed to Sally Mugabe Hospital at around 3.30AM with a deep cut on the head and injuries on the ribs and knees.

Mukumbira was treated and discharged, arriving home in Epworth at about 3PM the same day.

“Upon arrival at his place of residence, Mukumbira told his mother Netsai Mukumbira that he was assaulted by Elias Mudzuri, Leonard Mudzuri and other unknown accused persons at Duriro bar,” the police memo dated June 11, 2021, said.

Moments after recounting his ordeal, according to police, Mukumbira stopped talking and he died at 7PM on June 10.

The reasons for the assault are not stated in the police document.

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