Ftown businessman accuses competitors of dirty tactics
by Obusitse Kologwe
The Managing Director of Security Services, a security company based in Francistown, Ali Parekh, has come out with guns blazing, charging that some of his competitors saying are currently conducting dirty ploys to try and destroy his business by spreading destructive rumours about his company.
Parekh told the Sunday Standard that rumours are rife in the country that his company will shut down in September this year as he has been operating the company for almost 30 years without a valid license.
“These evil business competitors are busy spreading rumours to cause panic among my employees and clients and this is sad because it is damaging to my company,” he said. “I need to assure the public that Security Services is a clean company that has a good record and will continue to operate as we are duly licensed.”
Parekh added that the fact that his security company is one of the most successful and oldest in the country continues to ignite lots of jealousy and envy among some of his competitors.
“The fact that we are one of the most successful citizen owned security companies continues to spark jealousy and hatred among some of our competitors. We are one of the largest security companies with physical guards in the country and we hold a clean record,” he said.
Parekh said that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defense Justice and Security, Augustine Makgonatsotlhe, under whose portfolio security companies fall, can attest to the fact that the company is a duly registered company and that it is operating lawfully.
Efforts to reach Makgonatsotlhe for comment on the allegations were unsuccessful at the time of going to press as his phone rang unanswered.
Security Services, which was established in Francistown in 1983, is one of the oldest citizen owned security companies in the country and currently employs 1500 physical guards.