Bell Pottinger have threatened an African woman’s group with legal action for linking them with the government of the DRC. Following a protest outside their offices, the PR group has released a statement claiming attempting to distance themselves from the regime of Joseph Kabila:

“Bell Pottinger does not work for President Kabila; for the government of the DRC and did not work in any form on the recent election in that country. [ChairmanPeter Bingle has never worked for the DRC or any other African government.”

The press releases continues:

“Bell Pottinger has contacted the organisers of the current campaign against the DRC election result to understand why we have been implicated but has yet to receive a response.”

Perhaps Scrapbook can explain how this confusion has arisen: because Bell Pottinger’s own promotional documentation boasts of their previous work for the discredited regime! A presentation given to undercover reporters cites work for the government of the DRC on a slide entitled “Some of our experience: country campaigns”.

Some more top-class PR work on the back of last year’s sting by the Independent.

  1. The denial is factually correct.

    1) Bell Pottinger does not work for President Kabila – not any more.
    2) [nor] for the government of the DRC – not any more
    3) did not work in any form on the recent election in that country – previous elections maybe, just not that one.
    4) Peter Bingle has never worked for the DRC or any other African government – there was a different chairman at the time.

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