Business magnate and long-time Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) treasurer general, Satar Dada is not willing to pay a Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) assessed tax. He is of the view that he should be a lower figure than the one arrived at by the BURS.
Dada is said to be in disagreement with a tax assessment report compiled by BURS, insisting that the amount he is liable to pay is much lower than one cited. Dada has escalated the matter to the highest court in the land through his prime business, Motor Centre (Pty) LTD where he will be wrangling with the Commissioner General of BURS.
The case will heard by a panel of Court of Appeal (COA) judges on the 18th of January 2017. Dada made his money selling luxury automobiles and auto parts and his business empire currently straddles different industries including media and big time real estate to poultry and lodging, right through to publishing and franchises.
The taxman has been busy of late, pursuing and closing down other multimillionaires. The latest casualty is disgraced Zimbabwean businessman Victor Jimere. Jimere’s enterprises were shut down by the taxman and he was hastily deported to his home country. He too was also believed to have extensive political connections in the country, but his high powered beneficiaries failed to come to his aid.
BURS reportedly confiscated four of Jimere’s Phakalane homes, a home in Gaborone Block 7, two penthouse suites at the I-Towers high-rise, an industrial plot in Phakalane, four Toyota hilux vehicles, one Toyota Dyna truck, three Mercedes-benz, two KIAs, a BMW, a Landrover as well as a Hyundai vehicle.
This is also not the first time Dada felt short-changed in deals where the taxman’s hand had crept about. Two years ago he made a staggering P6 million loss after lending fellow BDP functionary MacDonald Peloetletse and a man named Daniel Motsumi P78 million to purchase rough diamonds from Boteti Diamond Company and Lucara Diamonds.
It was reported in the press that Dada accused the two men of breaching a memorandum of understanding and obtaining by false pretence after they failed to refund his company P6 million that was claimed from BURS after the diamond sales. According to the said memorandum of understanding all sales proceeds were to be deposited into the bank account of Dada’s company called Associated Investments and Development Corporation.
The company was to hold back its capital investment of U$6 231 025 (around P78 million) plus 40 percent of the profit after deducting tax, insurance and storage charges. Capital Diamonds, a company owned by Peloetletse and Motsumi was to get the remainder of the sales proceeds.
Since Associated Investments and Development Corporation was paying the cost of the diamonds plus VAT, Capital Diamonds was to claim the VAT from Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and refund it in total to Dada’s company. But after the diamonds were sold, Peloetletse and Motsumi’s did not refund Dada the P6 million (tax refund from BURS) as agreed.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.
Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.
Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.
The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.
According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.
Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead. According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.
“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.
The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.
The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.
Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.
The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.
Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty. “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.