EABL axe executive named in BAT-Kenya scam

Posted on December 1, 2015


East Africa Breweries Limited has axed its group corporate relations director Julie Adell-Owino.

Adell-Owino was extensively named in the BAT-Kenya bribery claims in a BBC Panorama program (Read it here).

“In 2012, BAT lobbyist Julie Adell-Owino arranged bribes totalling US$26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands. All three officials were connected to a United Nations effort to reduce the number of tobacco related deaths, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,” reads part of the story.

The investigative piece also mentioned senior politician Moses Wetangula (Bungoma Senator) as a recipient of the scheme.

Adell-Owino joined EABL in June this year (2015) to replace Brenda Mbathi who moved to General Electric.

The brewer at the time told the Business Daily ‘She is an experienced corporate affairs, policy and regulation specialist with over 24 years experience in both the private and public sectors,”

She previously worked as the head of asset tracing at the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority, now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

According to The Business Daily she left BAT in September 2012 and became the managing director of Jumon Africa Business Solution —a management consulting company.

Already, EABL has dropped her from its management team profile on the website.  The staff at EABL have also been briefed of the decision.

Pundits reckon that the decision to drop her might have been reached to spare the organization ‘reputation risks’



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