Links between extremism and illicit trade in East Africa “


TORONTO, December 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Posted in April 2021, a report written by Sir Ivor roberts entitled “An Unholy Alliance: Links Between Extremism and the Illicit Trade in East Africa“contained references to Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa and his PTG group of companies. Through his legal advisor, Ayabatwa made representations to Sir Roberts’ legal advisor regarding Ayabatwa’s history as an industrialist. and Pan-African philanthropist operating across the African continent and United Arab Emirates (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES). All references to Ayabatwa in Roberts’ report have now been removed. Ayabatwa welcomes this development and is happy to put this case behind him.

Senior advisor David Himbara commented on this episode as follows:

“Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the continuing instability and conflict in the east and center Africa, it is almost impossible for foreign researchers and analysts to fully grasp the positive and negative actors in the region. In the case of Ayabatwa, for example, its Congo Tobacco Company was the only manufacturing company operating in the east. Democratic Republic of Congo for over four decades. The company is one of the few providers of legitimate employment opportunities in a region devastated by instability and war. It is therefore ironic that Ayabatwa has been equated with illicit trade and extremism in the Unholy Alliance: Links between Extremism and the Illicit Trade in East Africa report written by Sir Roberts.

About Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa

Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa is a Pan-African industrialist. He is the founder and majority shareholder of the Pan African Tobacco Group, africa largest indigenous manufacturer of tobacco products. The company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018, manufactures cigarettes in nine African countries, namely, Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates. Ayabatwa is also one of the africa leading philanthropists. It has helped uplift communities in areas such as education, food security, afforestation and access to water. Through its non-profit foundation, Ayababwa strives to help young people gain the practical engineering experience needed to enter the workforce in Africa. More recently, Ayabatwa has assisted governments in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic by providing medical equipment and foodstuffs during lockdowns.

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