Koketso Chiepe wowed Gaborone last year with the inaugural Fashion Night that brought here Hollywood stars in New York model Sessile Lopez, Hollywood actress and model Yaya Dacosta, USA fashion designer and television celebrity Indashio, and Poland-based Motswana television celebrity chef, Joseph Seeletso; but the debts she accumulated for the extravaganza have now landed her in prison.
When she finally breathes fresh air on Wednesday this week albeit momentarily, Chiepe will have spent 20 days and nights at the Gaborone Village prison. On Friday Gaborone West Police's CID Division confirmed to The Monitor that the fashion designer has been locked up since August 24, further explaining that this was on account of debts that resulted in one of her creditors applying for civil imprisonment.
The globe-trotter who has been living in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (US) was locked up on August 24, after one of her creditors (name known to The Monitor) applied for civil imprisonment on the grounds that Chiepe had been playing hide- and-seek after booking flight tickets through them for her celebrity guests for the inaugural Gaborone Fashion Night last year.
The celebrities also included Botswana's US-based model Kaone Kario, Lopez and Lopez's mother. On Wednesday, Chiepe will be let out of her prison cell at the Village prison to appear briefly at the Broadhurst Magistrate's Court, where lawyers acting for the creditors, Isaac Seloko Attorney's will, among other things, ask the court to confiscate the fashion designer's travel documents so
Thanks to her family, the fashion designer was able to go back to her event after family intervention that saw her debts of P18,000 at the hotel settled quickly to secure her immediate release.However, on Thursday Gaborone West Police told The Monitor that they have a pending criminal case of fraud against the well-travelled fashion designer. Officer-in-Charge at Gaborone West Police's Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Superintendent Tlotlanang Mogwase, said the hotel had reported that Chiepe paid them with bouncing cheques.However, Mogwase said they are still investigating the case, adding that they have also requested the bank to furnish them with information showing the status of Chiepe's bank account at the time she wrote the dishonoured cheques.On the night she was whisked away from her second fashion show, Chiepe had staged a similar event at Ditshupo Hall also in Gaborone.