Mphathi ‘P1.4 million swindlers’ denied bail

Montwedi Mphathi
Montwedi Mphathi

FRANCISTOWN: Chief Magistrate, Game Mooketsi on Friday denied bail to three men who are accused of swindling president of Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) and former general manager of BCL Mine, Montwedi Mphathi, of P1.4 million.

The men, two locals, Hendry Lowe, 41, Marlon Lowe, 22, and Junior Moyo, 21, from Zimbabwe, are accused of falsely obtaining P1.4 million from Mphathi on 12 occasions between June 2020 and March 2023.

When delivering ruling on an application that was made by the State when the accused were arraigned in court on October 23 for the accused to be remanded in custody pending finalisation of investigations, Mooketsi said the State prefaced its application on the basis that investigations were still at their infancy. Mooketsi said the Investigating Officer (IO) in the matter had told the court that the accused were only arrested last week and there is still another suspect who is yet to be arrested.

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