JAILED: Katija-Tjihambuma
JAILED: Katija-Tjihambuma

A teenager who snatched a wallet containing more than P10 000 from a tourist was this week sentenced to two years in jail.

19- year-old Kajita Tjihambuma who was arrested and beaten by a mob before he was handed over to the police to face a theft charge expressed shock at the stiff sentence which was handed down by Magistrate Clifford Foroma.

The court was told that Tjihambuma from Mabudutsa ward in Maun snatched a tourist wallet at Markus Complex in Boseja ward while the tourist was shopping for horse paddles.

Tjihambuma snatched the wallet from the counter and bolted but he  couldn’t get away as people who were nearby gave chase, caught and beat him until patrolling officers came to his rescue.

Before passing his sentence, Magistrate Foroma said that theft was a serious offence and that the numbers of people appearing before him for the offence kept increasing.

“Ngamiland is a tourist destination and many of you thieves target tourists because you know that you will go free once they go back to their countries,” he said before passing the two year jail sentence and suspending one year for three years on condition that Tjihambuma did not commit a similar offence during that period.

After the sentencing the shocked lad was heard murmuring that being whipped would have been better since he was a first offender.

He also noted that since he saved the court time by pleading guilty, the magistrate should have been a bit more lenient.

He was immediately handcuffed and made to wait for prison vehicle outside court where all eyes were on him.

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heish sorry nfe2 molao ao reetse ao setse o harassa di tourist aker wa itse gore after diamonds our economy is relying on tourisim so ota re tshosetsa bajanala mona 2 years wa prison ke 18 mnths be strong


A ba reeditse boora domkrag, a ba leke go tlhwafalela job creation coz ke yone e tsalang poverty.
batho ba ba berekang especially politics like the say “banana ba itlhamele ditiro”. a ba tlogele ditiro tsa bone ba ye go tlhama ba tle ba re hire, motho a lese go nna are re palelwa ko go tlhama dikgwebo ene a le mo ofisisng a hirilwe a sa tlhama tiro a sutela ba ba sa berekeng….next thing its the slavery internship..re santse re tsile go utswa waitse.

king julian

go to prison that is where u belong. u want to steal someones hard worked money just like that.i would have killed u if i was around, lucky you.


Heelang! A motho yo are thupa e botoka! Nnyaa rra tsamaya bajanala batle ba reke ka tshosologo.

koketso wa motswapong

ba ke baba sa utlwelweng botlhoko
go rot in prison may b otlaata o latlhile

nthu nthu

Prison only


Poverty mfethu, can feel for you but that not the right decision. Use your vote wisely fa ele gore o tlaabo o dule da next year.


O le 19 fela o tlhola o utswa, may be u will learn a lesson fa o tswa prison.


Eish sorry mfe2, molao ke molao mfe2. U committe an offence and now u have to face consequences like a man. Go do ur time and hopefully u will learn that stealing is not the right way, u are still young mfe2.


Bogodu naana bo tla go tsenya ka lebitla….o bake,ba betsa batho.

Faniloh Desmond Magezi

dz is a vry harsh punishment for a first offender js bcoz, he is a threat to the tourism Industry or generally the economy of the country, I wonder if he was represented fairly…

When he comes back i bet, he might re offend, dz is how the society helps in creating criminals….aaaag

Josta ST.

Guys bare in mind that tourism is our back bono so if you start to harass the tourist like that, no that you are contributing a lot to pull our country back, nothing to do with lack of employments, why do you come to town while you know that everything in town needs money, few years to come those tourists they will deny to come and the economy of Botswana then will face serious poverty, no to me this guy need s4erious punishment straight, even if he have managed to escape, nothing that he can buy with that money rather… Read more »