Kasane regional magistrate Taboka Mopipi has found that the Botswana Defence Force cannot be held liable for the deaths of three Namibian fishermen and their Zambian cousin, who were shot and killed by BDF soldiers on 5 November 2020 along the Chobe River. According to Mopipi, the BDF had no intention to kill when they were deployed, but only retaliated after the Nchindo brothers and their cousin allegedly shot at them. The BDF was following standard operational procedures, and the fact that there was no gun found does not mean that there was no weapon, she said. “The search (for the gun) was incomplete,” she added.
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