Missing mana��s bones found six months later

Danisa Masuku
A MAN who stayed with his uncle in Gaborone, Botswana left home with a friend only for the police to find his identity card and torn clothes next to human bones six months later.

The family of Xolani Sibanda from Kheswa Village in Lupane under chief Mabhikwa has since buried the remains.

No one was arrested and there are no leads.

Qhubani Sibandaa��s uncle to the late, told B-Metro how his nephew disappeared.

a�?I stayed with him in Gaborone from 2013 to 10 February this year,a�? he said.

The day he disappeared nothing was amiss.

a�?When we were sleeping at around 10pm, a person whom I thought was his friend knocked by the door calling his name. They left together just like that and he never returned,a�? said the uncle.

To check on his nephew who went the previous night, Sibanda tried calling him.

a�?In the morning I tried to phone his number but it was not going through. I then reported the matter to the police.

Thereafter, a search was done but they failed to find him,a�? he added.

They even enquired from hospitals and mortuaries but all was in vain.

Sibanda then came to Zimbabwe and reported the matter to the police and even searched local hospitals and mortuaries. Still no sign of his nephew.

a�?I came to Zimbabwe and reported to the police and looked everywhere nothing came up. I then went back to work,a�? he added.

While he was at work in Botswana on 23 July police officers phoned him to tell him that they have discovered, an identity card, bones, shirt and a cap in a bush in Lobatse.

Lobatse is a town in South-Eastern Botswana, 70 kilometres south of the capital Gaborone where the Sibandas had set base.

The Botswana police cleared Sibanda to take the bones back to Zimbabwe where they have since been buried.

Acting Matabeleland North police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Ndlovu said he has not yet received the report.

a�?I have not yet received the report as of now,a�? he said.