Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Liqour sale trouble brews at Crocodile Safari

A Maun businessman could be in trouble with the law for selling liquor whilst sale of such remains prohibited.

Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa owner Reaboka Mbulawa has promised his company will investigate a ‘receipt’ which on Monday rocked social media suggesting that his business – Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa – has been on the wrong side of the law.

The receipt, which Mbulawa describes as fake, details how his establishment sold alcohol on the 26th of August 2020, a trade which is currently prohibited as per the Government Notice No 312 of 2020 published on the 5th of August 2020.

While he denies any knowledge about his resort selling alcohol on the said date, Mbulawa, who was the ruling party – Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Parliamentary candidate for Mun West during the 2019 general elections confirmed the names of the employee which appeared in th receipt.

He however indicated that such an employee works under the House Keeping department not the Bar/Restaurant wing of the resort. Mbulawa also sad that he is in the capital Gaborone and in possession of the key to storeroom that keeps liquor at Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa and such there was no how the staff could sell alcohol as they have no access.

Meanwhile a few hours after the Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa ‘Receipt’ was leaked to the social media the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) issued a Press Statement cautioning the public and businesses against illegal sale of alcohol.

“It has also come to our attention that some outlets/traders are not complying with the State of Emergency requirements and continue to sell alcohol. In this regard, businesses are informed that failure to comply will attract penalties thereof”, reads part of the MITI press release.

MITI could not shed light on whether or not it will carry investigations on the alleged sale of liquor by Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa. The ministry has however in the past believed to have suspended trade licensees of businesses which are believed to have acted against the State of Emergency regulations precisely relating to liquor sale.


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