Tobacco group made dubious payments to Africa, says watchdog

Updated 3 hours ago ·
Published on 14 Sep 2021 10:00AM ·

A man walks past the British American Tobacco premises in Harare, Zimbabwe. The company is accused of bribing late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party in 2013. – EPA pic, September 14, 2021.

TOBACCO giant British American Tobacco (BAT) allegedly made hundreds of “questionable payments” in 10 African countries over five years to influence health policies and sabotage competitors, a watchdog alleged today.

The London-headquartered multinational allegedly doled out more than US$600,000 (RM2.5 million) in cash, cars, per diems and campaign donations to dozens of politicians, lawmakers, civil servants, journalists and staff at rival companies between 2008 and 2013.

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