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.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.