Two years in the slammer for BMC theft


Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) employees and their accomplices convicted of theft have each been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from their place of work.

The six, Kabo Mereyabo, Abel Gaolatlhwe, Trainos Machokocha, Joseph Kesenye, Edwin Tumisang Kgannyetsile, and Boago Phuti, all pleaded guilty to stealing meat packages from the BMC. Their charge sheet reads in part that on October 26 at the BMC plant in Lobatse, acting jointly with a common purpose without claim of right, they stole four boxes of fillet meat, one box of the stripling, one box of pet food, and one box of rib-eye all to the total value of P21,311.16 being the property of BMC.

Giving sentence this week, the Lobatse Magistrate, Gofaone Morweng stated that the court took into account that Gaolatlhwe and Kesenye were both employees of BMC who ought to have been charged with an enhanced provision of the Penal Code other than theft simpliciter since they took from their employer.

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