A cry for freedom
ACCUSED: A teary Matambo

*Accused killer weeps in court

*Implicated in murder by victim’s stolen phone

A 29-year-old murder suspect, found in possession of a dead man’s stolen phone, left Village Magistrates Court in tears on Monday when he was denied bail.

Unemployed Godfrey Matambo of White City, Gaborone, is one of five men accused of the brutal murder of 28-year-old Bonolo Radibe – the son of former Botswana Teachers Union (BTU) President, Jafta Radibe.

Bonolo, a promising Botswana Accountancy College student, was stabbed to death near Molapo Crossing on the 17th of January.

His cellphone – a Samsung Galaxy model worth P2, 500 – was stolen during the fatal attack.

Matambo claims he brought the phone on the black market from one of his co-accused (Elias Tandi, 27) and had nothing to do with the murder.

However Matambo, Tandi and three others have since been arrested in connection with Bonolo’s death.

Zimbabwean national Tandi appeared in the dock alongside Matambo; the three other suspects were not present but are currently in custody helping police with their inquiries.

When outlining reasons the duo should be denied bail, Public Prosecutor Mogakolodi Pakati, argued that Tandi, a bus conductor for PCJ Transport Services, was an illegal immigrant without travelling documents.

However, in his defence, the foreigner pointed out he has a valid passport and had just overstayed.

He also claimed he had bought the phone from someone else.

Pakati further noted that the matter was still fresh, investigations were on-going and the two men had only been arrested on Thursday.

Representing Matambo, attorney Friday Leburu insisted there was no basis to charge his client with murder.

Nevertheless, presiding Magistrate Goodwill Makofi remanded both men in custody; their next mention is scheduled for February 19, with their bail hearing set for the 26th.

Upon hearing the Magistrate’s ruling, an emotional Matambo wept uncontrollably, as did many of his relatives, who had turned up to support him in court.

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