The sacking of Paul Hopkins, a former Irish Special Forces, from his British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya job, could amount to washing dirty laundry in public and a general public relations mishap, if sensational bribery accusations against the conglomerate being broadcast around the world are anything to go by.
In a market where BAT’s local operation stands accused of dirty machinations by competitors, reports in the British media could lend credence to compettitors’ claims that the conglomerate conducted industrial espionage and other illegal strategies to stay on top of the game.
BAT Zimbabwe (BATZ) competitors — Kingdom, Savanna Tobacco, Breco (Fodya), Cutrag, Trednet and Chelsea — lost cigarettes destined for South Africa valued at R100 million to armed hijackers in between 2011-12 and suspect the company was involved because none of its products were hijacked. Batz denied the charge.
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