Relatives and friends of some of the deported people have accused government security agencies of swindling deportees of their hard-earned cash. “You will realise that when one is deported they are not given time to collect their assets.
However a bank can receive instructions from security agencies to freeze an account as part of investigations,” said a source. In a shocking revelation, a spouse of an Indian man is said to have found her husband’s account which had close to P2 million swept clean. There was nothing in the account, sources reveal. Sources close to the issue say the account had been frozen after the Indian man was deported. It is not clear what happened when his assets were frozen. Efforts to reach family members of the Indian man were futile as they were wary to discuss the issue in the press.
Meanwhile a Motswana pastor, who is also founder of one of the most popular Pentecostals churches in Botswana that commands a lot of following around the country, has had his account frozen after P5 million had been deposited on it. He said that he was released on Monday and informed that the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) agents are still doing some background check before the money can be cleared. The ‘man of God’, who refused to be named, revealed that the money has not been given back to him since as it has been removed from his account and no explanation forwarded to him. He refused to state where the money came from and its purpose only saying it is for the work of God.
In the past some new Pentecostal churches that have their roots outside the country have been accused of money laundering and most of their leaders deported. Contacted for comment, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu, said his ministry does not handle accounts of people who are deported. He said they only deport a person and “we don’t freeze people’s accounts. Their accounts are their personal business and we do not touch them,” he said.
When asked what happens to the property of people who are deported, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs spokesperson, Bridget Ntane said, “People who are deported are allowed the use of an official telephone and sufficient time to arrange with anyone of their choice to take care of their goods”. In cases where people are a threat to Botswana’s national security, and the people or a person being deported has not gotten the property and other things like money through unlawful means, what happens when he or she is deported? “If the property was obtained unlawfully, the case will be handled by the relevant law enforcement agencies,” she said.