Socialite and event organiser Sandra Teta is again in the news for the wrong reasons. Her Teta All Red Party which was organised on Saturday at Ubumwe Grand Hotel was a flop and the sponsors have also dragged her to Police over what they called ‘breaching the agreement’.
STS Trade Limited, the company that entered an agreement with Teta, says it has filed a case with Rwanda National Police (RNP) against the controversial socialite.
The local trading company which imports Label 5 whisky brands, says it gave Teta drinks worth Rwf5m on wholesale that could generate up to Rwf20m on retail sale. According to the deal, Teta would sell the drinks at the party and give the company Rwf5m and retain the profit.
According to Anthony J. Kateeba, the company’s Marketing Manager, they had agreed to sponsor the All Red Party, which initially was supposed to take place on September 24, but was postponed to October 1, but the sponsorship had a tie-in for her to sell the drinks.
“Miss Teta Sandra approached our Company requesting for sponsorship for her Red Party originally slated for September 24 at Ubumwe Grand Hotel.”
“We agreed, and we provided her everything we promised, including our products for her to sell at the party. The Party did not happen,” explained Kateeba.
He said that the company had agreed to provide Teta with a live Band, video and photography services as well as welcome drinks. But on top of that, she was given drinks to sell at the party.
“She rescheduled the event to October 1, 2016 at the same venue and asked us to maintain the sponsorship. We agreed to still come on and sponsor her event at the rescheduled date.”
“We asked her to return our products, since she didn’t sell them so we could distribute them again through our points of sale and provide her with more drinks again on the day of the event,”Kateeba said.
However, he said that Teta refused to return the products and refused to respond to their calls.
“Our efforts to discuss with her and resolve the matter amicably have been futile. She promised to return our products but we understand that later she turned around to claim that the drinks were part of the sponsorship deal,” explained Kateeba.
The company claims that they were shocked to find out that Teta had staked the drinks as collateral in order to get a loan, which prompted STS Trade Ltd to involve police. The New Times has a copy of the letter filed with Police.
Efforts to get a comment from Teta were futile as her mobile phone was switched off, but she told a local website that she is not worried by the police case.
“The drinks were part of the sponsorship and there is evidence to that. You can ask them what sort of sponsorship they had given me if it didn’t include the drinks,” Teta said, adding that she is ready to provide evidence to prove her case.
The All Red Party on Saturday evening attracted a handful of revellers showed up, as the skies opened up in the evening.
Despite the low turn up, Urban Boyz and Tusker Project Fame winner Hope Irakoze performed and tried to cheer up those who turned up.