Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Botswana deports Zimbabwean millionaire

The President of Botswana has declared a Zimbabwean millionaire, Patrick Dowera, a prohibited immigrant.

Dowera was investigated by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime and charged with corruption.

The Directorate of Public Prosecution had withdrawn all three charges that were pressed against Dowera.

In the deportation letter signed by President Khama and dated September 12, 2011 the president says that “in exercise of the powers vested in me by Section 7 {f} of the Immigration Act (Cap 25:02) I Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana, hereby declare Patrick Dowera to be undesirable inhabitant of, or visitor to, Botswana”.

Another letter, signed by DPP Director, Lenard Sechele, and dated September 09, 2011 states that the three counts that Dowera was facing had been withdrawn under Section 150 {4} of the Criminal and Procedure and Evidence Act.

Dowera was deported last week Thursday.

The spokesperson of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, confirmed the withdrawal of the case before court but referred all questions to DPP.
Dowera had been charged with uttering a false document, giving false information and obtaining registration by false pretences.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, Dowera’s attorney, Victor Ramalepa, confirmed the deportation.
He said such a decision is the prerogative of the executive and “we now know from the Kenneth Good case and others that once made the decision cannot be challenged before the courts”.

He said the DPP decided that the evidence they had was not sufficient for them to persist with the criminal trial, which was scheduled for December 2011, hence they allowed his deportation.

He accused BURS of human rights abuse and ill-treatment of non citizens by taking his clothes.
“BURS has completely undermined the value that my client added to our economy through creation of gainful employment for many Batswana,” Ramalepa said.

BURS said Dowera owed them about P4, 5 million in unpaid taxes. A few weeks ago, BURS raided his home and confiscated his belongings, ranging from motor vehicles to expensive clothing.

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