A Zimbabwean businessman and socialite, Jimere has been deported from Botswana after losing a marathon fight with the tax authorities in that country.
Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) said Jimere owed P25 million in taxes and seized his cars and froze his bank accounts. Jimere tried to fight through the courts and to use
his political connections to no avail.
Jimere’s firm, Inex Investments (Pty) Ltd enjoyed tenders worth millions of Pula from the government and the private sector.
Following the intense investigation, BURS confiscated among other properties, Jimere’s four Phakalane homes, one home in Gaborone Block 7, two units at the I-Towers at the Central
Business District (CBD), another industrial plot in Phakalane, four Toyota hilux vehicles, one Toyota Dyna, three Mercedes, two KIAs, a BMW, a Landrover as well as a Hyundai vehicle.
From the investigations it was discoveredthat Jimere was using four passports, this was reported to the serious crime
squad, but they failed to investigate him,” a source told Mmegi.
Source close to the investigations told Mmegi this week how Jimere used his “money power” to lure politicians, and corrupt some senior government officials.
Investigations on Jimere and subsequent deportation arose after he allegedly gave false declarations to the BURS. It was previously reported that on about April 22 2014, Jimere was
selected for an audit of his accounts. It later became apparent that he owedBURS around P 24 526 938 in lieu of income tax of P 15 million, VAT of P 8 million, PAYE at P650,000 as well as withholding tax of P 1.5 million.