A lost story of justice upheld and a gruesome killing

You, I suppose, took the chance of that long holiday to go somewhere far afield.

The rest of us would have stayed put to start work on income tax returns, watch TV or perhaps like me, read a book – in this instance, Jonathan Laverick’s recently published 224 page, ‘The Kalahari Killings’ which is on sale at Exclusive, Gaborone. Given its sub-title, ‘The True Story of a War Time Double Murder in Botswana. 1943’, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to discover who was  murdered, who did the murdering, why they were murdered and what connection there was with the 2nd World War?

It quickly turned out that those who were killed were two British Royal Air Force fliers, Walter Adamson and Gordon Edwards and those who were charged with their killing and tried in Lobatse were eight Basarwa, three men and five women, four being still in their teens.  There was, however, a degree of confusion about motive – the supposition that they had killed those two airmen in order to cover up their own illegal hunting of giraffes was far more likely to attract attention than divert it.

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CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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