Eight Zimbabwean immigrants were reportedly subjected to flogging at a traditional court in Botswana for illegally entering the country.
According to sources in Botswana, the eight individuals were identified as Professor Phiri, Givemore Mpofu, Ayanda Phiri, Michael Sihumbe, Lovemore Moyo, Khumbulani Ndlovu, Muthandazo Ndlovu, and Clever Chuma. They had entered Botswana unlawfully between September 5 and 7 and were apprehended by Botswana police at various locations, including Tachila Farm.
The eight migrants were brought before Chief Kgosi Ganni Moses of Phase IV Customary Court in Francistown. They pleaded guilty to the charges and were subsequently subjected to flogging.
Reportedly, the individuals had appealed for clemency, imploring Chief Moses to spare them from prison sentences, as many of them were the primary breadwinners for their families.
“Entering the country illegally is a serious offense that can result in lengthy prison sentences. However, since the accused individuals are first-time offenders, they will be subjected to flogging,” Chief Moses reportedly stated.
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