28 August 2007

Botswana: 'Ghost Man' Torches SSG Toilet

Francistown — Para-military officers camping near Matshelagabedi village looked on with shock and dismay at latest wicked works of the nocturnal man who has been terrorising them since last year.

The latest attack was discovered last week on Monday morning, by an officer who had dashed to answer call of nature only to find the toilet gutted to ashes. Although the unknown man, who The Voice reported about a month ago that he was terrorising the officers by looting their food, clothes and other small items, resorting to arson was the last thing that the scared para-military officers had expected.

A startled officer at the camp said the strange man's shoe prints were discovered near the burnt structure that lies a stone's throw from the campsite.

"We found the culprit's shoes print both in the camp and near the burnt toilet. We know that it was the same guy because he wears the pair of shoes stolen from one officer in the camp. When we traced the prints it led us across the Zimbabwean boarder," said the shocked young man who preferred not to be named for fear of reprisals.

He said that everyone living in the camp was afraid of the unknown man who has chosen SSGs as his target. The frightened man said: "Life is very tough down here. It's very scary especially when you are left alone in the camp while others go for patrol."

What the officer and his colleagues fear most, is the fact that no one knows what precisely the man was planning apart from the two messages he left for them. He said on one of the notes the man was asking the officers to buy more food of which he also contributed $Z20.

In his other message that left the officers grabbed with fear, was when he was implicating them for knowing what killed his father.

"You people know where my dead father is. Do you know why lighting strike once in a year? By Air force," read the note that was scribbled on the ground within the campsite.

Meanwhile Matsiloje Police station Commander Superintendent Tume confirmed the fire and admitted that the stranger was a menace to the officers' lives. He said the man, who seems to have some extra ordinary powers, was a concern to both the officers and the people living around the areas since no one knew his motives. He also revealed that the officers at the camp has tried on numerous occasion to capture the man in vain.

He said on Monday morning, shocked officers at the SSG camp near the Zimbabwean boarder, found their toilet burnt down after they saw the culprit's shoes all over the camp site. According to Tume, the man got some old tires, plastics, firewood and fuel, from the campsite which, he used to set the structure on fire.

What amazes the station commander is that the officers neither heard nor saw the man when he did all his wicked night duty.

"Its very difficult to deal with this guy because no one can notice his presence. The guys sort of go into a deep sleep till the man is just about to leave or when he is gone," revealed the station commander.

He said police officers who traced the culprit, ended up at an old farm across the Zimbabwean boarder. Although a report was made to the Zimbabwean police, no one has been arrested in connection with fire.

Tume called on people in the Matshelagabedi to be on the look out for the man who seemed to be dangerous. He said although the unknown man seemed to have some supernatural powers that make him elusive, it was important for the public to be very careful of him. He asked anyone with information regarding the man to call the nearest police for help.

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