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Job advert for EABL roles confirmed as a scam

A job advertisement posted on social media for the Diageo-owned East African Breweries Limited (EABL) has been confirmed as a scam.

The advert, which was recently posted on Facebook and X, announced job vacancies at various EABL outlets across Kenya.

According to the post, the roles the business was looking for included accountants, technical staff, pharmacists, nurses, clerks, drivers and security guards and suggested candidates should send applications to an email address with their details.

EABL has since confirmed that the advert was fake and had not come from the company and said candidates should remain “vigilant” when responding to “schemes” and urged that the business would never post a job advert through unofficial channels and nor would it require sign up fees.

Speaking on LinkedIn, an EABL spokesperson warned: “It has come to our attention that a deceptive poster is circulating, falsely promoting non-existent job openings. We urge the public to be vigilant against such schemes. Please be aware that legitimate employment opportunities are exclusively advertised on our official website and we never require any facilitation fees.”

The job advert details were checked by Africa Check, which uncovered additional signs that the job posting was indeed a scam and outlined that EABL vacancies are usually listed on the Diageo website and these job roles could not be found on either company’s website.

EABL currently employs more than 2,000 staff and contractors and is based in Kenya, the business also has operations in Uganda and Tanzania.

This is not the first time EABL has been hit by bad luck. Last summer, the company’s share price plummeted 3.8% to a perilous 52-week low after a swathe of investors fled the business. Plus, last spring the directors of the EABL had been told they may need to pay multi-billion dollar fines for disregarding a Supreme Court order related to beer supply.

The news followed EABL’s former supplier Bia Tosha Distributors insisting that the directors were fined an equivalent of 20% of EABL’s sales, equal to KSH39 billion (US$300 million), for refusing to relinquish beer distributorship routes across parts of Nairobi, Machakos and Kajiado.

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