Monday, July 15, 2024

Rahim Khan flies Emirates flag into turbulence of shady deals

Botswana Police Service and a number of Botswana authorities are investigating the controversial relationship between former acting High Court judge Rahim Khan and Emirates Airlines. This comes at a time when Khan’s shady relationship with Africa’s biggest retailer Checkers/Shoprite is under scrutiny. Documents passed to the Sunday Standard reveal that customers and banks queried the curious relationship between a company, identified as Dibeko Investments and Emirates even before it became a subject of police investigations. Documents at CIPA show that the directors of Dibeko are Rahim Khan and a South African, Ebrahim Kajee.

For instance customers would query why the flight ticket they had purchased bore the name Dibeko instead of Emirates. The documents also show that a bank executive also advised one of the employees of Dibeko who identified herself as an employee of Emirates based at Gaborone office to regularize. Documents further show that despite these complaints, no measures were taken to address the anomalies. Amid the confusion as to who was operating Emirates Gaborone office before its closure, the matter reared its ugly head again when employees were informed that they were facing retrenchments. When attempts to settle the brewing dispute between employees and Dibeko did not bring the desired results, one of the employees lodged a complaint against Khan as one of the local directors of Dibeko with the Law Society of Botswana. 

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