Maun businessman and priest found half naked and dead in his vehicle
A grim discovery of the body of a well-known Maun priest by a Bana Ba Letsatsi day care centre boy last Wednesday has left the northern tourism town in shock.
The rumour mill is now on overdrive that the New Apostolic Church (NAP) priest and businessman, Raphael Shoopara Sekeli (47) popularly known as Rra Tsebe of Moeti, was murdered in cold blood. He was found half naked at the back seat of his recently bought Mazda 323 near the riverbank.
His removed pants were covering his private parts while the car keys and cash stashed wallet were in the pockets, immediately ruling out robbery. No visible wounds were found on his body though blood oozed from his mouth and nostrils.
Although Assistant Superintendent Alakanani David of Maun Criminal Investigative Department said the cause of death is still unclear, some suspect he was strangled.
The Voice has been reliably informed that on Tuesday last week, a healthy and vibrant Shoopara was seen at bar 2000 in Sedie ward around 10pm. He was in the company of a woman. The two did not take long inside the bar as they looked as if they were in search of something before vanishing into the night.
Another source claimed that on the night of the incident he saw the deceased’s car driving to the riverbank. After a while, the witness said he peeped through the window. He said he then saw three men in masks and gloves walking past from the river and joining a woman who was leaning on a car by the tarred road.
“If it is murder, he was not killed at the scene. The culprits might have driven him there already dead. He might have been strangled,” said the witness, who out of fear would not be identified.
The widow of the deceased Bridget Shoopara (45) was at pains when explaining the last moments with her husband of 22 years.
She said on Tuesday last week, Shoopara came home from business, bade her farewell and left for his part-time tutoring job at a vocational training institute near Maun Clinic.
“My hope of seeing him alive after I had spent a restless night home alone turned lurid when the police delivered the sad news. If it is murder, to God I cast my eyes and wait in hope, for his vengeance for the innocent is incomparable.”