BAT playing dirty, says Mugabe

2012-11-29 08:55

Harare - President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday accused British American Tobacco [JSE:BTI] (BAT) of using criminal means to kill its major competitor, locally-owned Savanna Tobacco, in Zimbabawe.

Speaking at the ongoing Economic Empowerment conference Mugabe said he had authentic information from his weekly intelligence briefings linking BAT to the disappearance of savanna Tobacco’s delivery trucks.

“These are briefings we hear at our intelligence meetings every week and if this is what you are doing in order to kill competition and you do it in a bad way somebody will answer for it,” Mugabe said.

“It’s a huge case and it might affect you very soon,” he added.

“I hear money was being paid to the police so that they do not do their jobs well and this appears authentic.”

Last week, local media reports said BATZ competitors - Kingdom, Savanna Tobacco, Breco, Cutrag, Trednet and Chelsea - had lost cigarettes valued at R100m to armed hijackers in just over a year while none of BATZ’s products have been hijacked, prompting its competitors to believe the largest cigarette manufacturer in the country was involved in industrial espionage and possible sabotage.

Meanwhile BAT officially handed over a 20% stake to indigenous Zimbabweans.

The company handed over a 10% stake with about $10m at a currently share value of around $4.50 per share to an employee share scheme and another 10% to a Tobacco Trust.

The company also donated six tractors to the country’s major tobacco producing provinces and 50 laptops to Mugabe’s presidential computerisation scheme.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-29 09:22

    Dear Mugabe maybe because your country is so pathetically poor the drivers are stealing the trucks and selling the contents for cash you MORON BAT is a multi billion dollar company I doubt they need to steal your crappy products.

      ziso.maziso - 2012-11-29 09:44

      Dear Chris. Zimbabwe is not "pathetically poor" as you would want to so ignorantly allude. Yes, BAT is a multi-million dollar company, but they obviously made a huge chunk from ZImbabwe. You cannot deny that fact. Now if there's intelligence linking them to some criminal activity, why should they not account for it?

      stephen.reeves.908 - 2012-11-29 10:04

      @Ziso, none so blind as those who will not see. Zimbabwe isn't poor, they're broke because C words like Bob and his cronies have stolen all the money.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-29 12:13

      Ziso, back to school buddy. Zim is pathetically poor as the other commmentators say. the country has gone from being prosperous to being a basket case 20 years later. thanks to Bob and his corrupt cronies

  • gc.grobler1 - 2012-11-29 09:23

    aaahhhhhh look at Mugabe, sitting on his throne. handing down life lessons to all the commoners. pfft

  • sirwellsathome - 2012-11-29 09:24

    "I hear money was being paid to the police so that they do not do their jobs well" Yup, we cannot blame corrupt police for taking bribes. This is certainly the work of the imperialists!

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-29 09:29

    Amazing how advance African technology has been all this time! For Zimbabwe to have developed a 'hologram' system that can reflect images from the grave uttering repetitive excrement is a wonder to behold. All that's needed is to remove the western clothing and place the furry image clinging to a cliff.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-11-29 09:29

    Probably BAT is not giving "presents" to Mugabe inc.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-29 12:15

      ya BAT gonna have to do a lot more than donate 50 laptops to Bob and his kids

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-29 09:36

    mugabe - when have you ever played clean? You are propably one of the few who has had an hand in it yourself, but now that BAT does not want to pay you out anymore, you want to cry foul. Typical!

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-29 09:47

    @ Daren & Sean; It's a waste of time stooping to your levels and commenting in the manner that you do!

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-29 09:51

    Nobody can be as dirty as Mugabe. He should keep his mouth shut. Its a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

      Gavin Hillyard - 2013-05-28 16:53

      Zelda, how could you? This talk abour black kettles. You run the risk of being called a rascist!!

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-29 09:57

    BAT: One of the biggest mass murderers in the history of mankind: Killed more people over the past 100 years than all wars, terrorist activities, aids and all other deceases combined. * Approximately one quarter of the youth alive in the Western Pacific Region (East Asia and the Pacific) today will die from tobacco use. * Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death. * Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually. * Tobacco use is expected to claim one billion lives this century unless serious anti-smoking efforts are made on a global level Now, Mugabe and Savanna are upset because they don't get to kill as many people as BAT!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-11-29 12:21


      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-29 13:36

      It is solely your choice whether you want to smoke or not. Just as it is your choice to drink, drive a car, get addicted to drugs, fly in an aeroplane. All of these activities can KILL. Your reasoning is feeble.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-11-29 10:02

    Amazing birthday present,. Bob's one old grandson got a brand new laptop for his birthday

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-11-29 10:05

    White imperialist capitalist racists, maybe a good reason to just seize their assets and business for ZANUPF and their buddies.

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-29 10:27

    @Stereev. And you think you can see becuase of your perceived knowledge about Zimbabwe? Stick to the issue here, BAT needs to account for the concerning intelligence that has been picked up about them. Why are you ignoring that fact?

      heibrin.venter - 2012-11-29 10:56

      Probably because you are ignoring the FACT that Zim is broke due to Mugabe's policies. IF BAT has a case to answer, I'm sure they will (everything comes out, eventually). Now, would you give the same indignation to Mugabe's antics??

      coen.smit.5 - 2012-11-29 11:58

      Ziso do you know that BAT screens their drivers, they also escort the trucks here in SA(maybe also in Zim), they have a rapid response system in place. Mugabe and intelligence in one sentence is a misnomer! Oh the man's power of deduction...BAT are successfull so it's fishy??! haha

      Gavin Hillyard - 2013-05-28 17:00

      Ziso, anyone who gives any credence to anything Mugabe says needs their head read. The man is a thief, a fraud and a mass-murderer. He has appropriated the weath of Zim for himself, his relatives and cronies, he has stolen the last election and his record since the Matabeleland massacres speaks for itself. Wake up brother and see the reality.

  • renier.coetzee.5 - 2012-11-29 10:32

    Look who's talking!!! Biggest murdering,manipulating,thieving ID10T in Africa!!!

  • ian.despy - 2012-11-29 10:47

    Well I suppose they learnt from the best in the business MAD BOB

  • longfellow.walker - 2012-11-29 12:03

    Intelligence meetings? In Zimbabwe? ZanuPf? Not a chance. Playing dirty! Yes, Robert would be best placed to make that judgement; he's the expert! In fact, he knows no difference.

  • rocky.bell.98 - 2012-11-29 13:50

    The Ruperts will sort out Robber Murgabage before breakfast. Geeeeez this old dirt bag gets more senile by the day.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-29 15:47

    You should have given those donations in CASH to mugabe himself. Now you will have to deal with his accusations see !!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-29 15:48

    I wonder where all the contraband ciggies in SA originate from ? Try again mugabe !!

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-30 08:15

    @Ryan/Coen:- Just because you say Zim is poor doesn't make it poor. It is undeniable that Zimbabwe has a quarter of the world's diamond reserves, when it has the second largest platinum reserves, the best coking coal in the world...the list is endless! What is Anglo, BAT and all the large multinationals doing in Zimbabwe then? Your problem is that you have no facts, you just go with the flow, only dead fish do that by the way!

      Gavin Hillyard - 2013-05-28 17:05

      Ziso, if Zim was so rich why are there millions of Zimbabweans in SA? Truth is brother that they would starve if they remained. Zim has gone from being the breadbasket of Southern Africa and exporting maize, to the basket case and reliant on imported handouts to try to feed the people. I've been to Zim Ziso and spoken to the ordinary folk there - perhaps you need to do the same to get a dose of reality?

  • phil.steel.12 - 2012-11-30 11:48

    Does this mean that BAT have now recruited their own Delta Force?? Seriously you are losing your marbles Bob!!

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