Anti-tobacco NGO STOP in a report published on Tuesday, September 14, accuses the global tobacco giant British American Tobacco of having distributed more than 600,000 dollars (about 508,000 euros) to influence the health policy of ten African countries, and this for five year.
Between 2008 and 2013, British American Tobacco distributed nearly $ 600,000 in cash, cars and campaign donations to politicians, government officials and employees of competing companies.
According to NGO Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), launched in 2018 by billionaire and former mayor of New York Michael bloomberg, it was a real system organized to influence health policy in Africa.
Payments have thus been made regularly in Burundi, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
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This is not the only accusation against the global tobacco giant. The BBC and a consortium of British journalists also accuse him of paying $ 500,000 in bribes to the ruling party in Zimbabwe under the leadership of the former president. Robert mugabe, during 2013.
The tobacco company denies all allegations and recalls that an investigation, carried out earlier this year by the UK anti-fraud organization, had completed an investigation into suspected corruption.
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– exposetobacco (@exposetobacco) September 14, 2021.