State ordered to find attorney for Gaddafi

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FRANCISTOWN: The High Court has made an order for the Registrar and Master of the High Court to find a pro deo counsel (state appointed attorney) for a man who is facing three murder cases and one count of rape.

The state alleges that Habana Million, who is nicknamed after slain Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, cold-bloodedly murdered Tobokani Khumba, 30, and Mbi Maswabilili. 

He allegedly killed Khumba during the late hours of May 16 in 2018 before he proceeded to kill Maswibilili on the same night or early hours of May 17, 2018 at Maitengwe village. 

He allegedly killed Khumba for refusing to give him a cigarette.  Maswibilili was Gaddafi’s aunt. 

In 2017, Gaddafi is also alleged to have slayed Margaret Mathowa, 42, on New Year’s Eve in 2017. 

Gaddafi, who had a pending rape case before he murdered Mathowa, allegedly dragged Mathowa from a drinking spot in the early hours of the night on New Year’s Day. 

He is alleged to have thereafter brutally stabbed Mathowa repeatedly with a knife and then dragged her a few metres where he buried her in a shallow grave. 

The 25-year-old Million will appear before Justice Ookeditse Maphakwane on August 6 for status report to find out if the Registrar has managed to appoint a pro deo counsel for him. 

In April, Justice Lot Moroka denied Million bail on account that he is a danger to the society. 

When applying for bail before Justice Moroka, Gaddafi prayed with the court to grant him bail because he wanted to tie up some loose ends back at his home village of Nkange. 

“My Lord, I am innocent until proven otherwise in all the cases that I am charged with,” he said. 

Justice Moroka then told Gaddafi that he was a clear danger to the society and as such he shall not be granted bail. 

In response, Gaddafi shocked the court when he said that, “prison is also a society but I have not committed any offence since I being incarcerated”. 

Moroka answered: “You allegedly committed two murder offences whilst on bail. How are you related to the deceased? Who do you think is tying loose ends for the people that you allegedly killed?” 

Gaddafi responded: “One of them is my relative from my father’s side, but I am not related to the other one”. 

At the end of Gaddafi’s unsuccessful bail application, Moroka told Gaddafi that he was a danger to the society. 

“The laws of Botswana entitle everyone to liberty and freedom, but those rights can be curtailed if there are compelling reasons to do so like in your present situation. If you are granted bail, you may go on a killing spree again because you are a danger to the society,” Moroka said.

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