Two Zimbabweans who were serving jail terms at Francistown Prison in Botswana escaped on Thursday, reports said yesterday.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA STAFF REPORTER
Police said Maxwell Nduku (35) and Edison Maphorisa (29) disappeared last Thursday at around 2am. Francistown Central Police Station commander Superintendent Mojaboswa Mathita said Nduku was serving a jail term at the prison for robbery, while Maphorisa was remanded in custody awaiting trial for a similar offence.
The two were held in custody at the State prison near a police camp and reportedly escaped through burglar bars.
“We have launched a manhunt for the two men who escaped from prison around 2am on Thursday,” Mathita said.
“The other man is serving a 10-year jail sentence for robbery, while another one is a remand prisoner currently awaiting trial for robbery and theft.”
He appealed to the public to assist the police in locating the two, describing them as “dangerous”.
Botswana Prison Services (BPS) spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wamorena Ramolefe also confirmed the escape, but declined to give details.
“Prison authorities have also launched an internal investigation. That is why I cannot go into detail on the matter,” he said.
This is the second case recorded by BPS involving prisoners who have escaped from lawful custody since the beginning of the year.
On January 6, seven prisoners escaped from Molepolole Prison. Three of them are still on the run.