No Police scuba divers in Chobe

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 August 2017   |   By Staff Writer
No Police scuba divers in Chobe

If it were by some MPs Botswana Police will have at least one scuba diver in each of its stations. However, the Minister of Defence Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi said while this is desirable it has not yet been possible.  “Yes, that is desirable but scuba divers are scarce resources which we do not have the capacity to be able to deploy in the respective police stations but it is a good idea,” he said in response to a question in Parliament from the MP for Chobe Machana Shamukuni. He had asked the Minister to state: the number of drowning incidents reported to the Police in Kasane from 2014 to date; the number of Police Officers trained in scuba diving that have been deployed to any Police Station in the Chobe District; and the type of equipment at the disposal of the Police Officers to expeditiously assist the public and potentially save lives whenever drowning incidents are reported. “There has been a total of three drowning incidents reported in Kasane from 2014 to date. There are no trained scuba diving police officers deployed in any police station in the Chobe District. However, there are trained scuba divers stationed at the Special Support Group (SSG) in Gaborone who cover all incidents of drowning around the country. There are three boats in the Chobe District to assist the police in dealing with drowning incidents reported to them in the areas. It has to be highlighted that Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has scuba divers and boats based in Kasane which are used to support the Botswana Police,” Kgathi said. Shamukuni followed up with a supplementary. “Since drowning incidents are reported to you, I wanted to find how long it takes for officers stationed in Gaborone to attend to reports when they are reported in areas like Kasane. The reason why I am asking you is that reaction time is very important such that if the time is lessened, potentially lives can be saved. How long does it take Honourable Minister?” Kgathi responded: “Incidents of drowning are like an emergency. I said soldiers are there who are assisting. I do not think it will be wise for anybody to wait to report to Gaborone when there are incidents of drowning, when soldiers who can help are nearby. They are there to help.” MP for Francistown South Wynter Mmolotsi followed with another supplementary question –  Minister, do you not think it is wise for your ministry to have at least one or two scuba divers at every police station? The minister answered in the affirmative. 



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