Police deports 2 MTN bosses

Two top executives working with telecom giants MTN Uganda have been deported with the police branding them threats to national security.

According to a statement by the deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye, the deportation of the two foreign nationals followed an investigation by security agencies working closely with the immigration department that established that the two were involved in acts that compromise national security.

The deportees are Olivier Prentout, a French national who has been the MTN’s chief marketing officer,  and Annie Tabura, a Rwandan national who has been MTN’s general manager for sales and distribution.

“Security agencies in close coordination with immigration officials have been investigating two foreign nationals working with a leading mobile telecom company over their engagement in acts which compromise national security,”  the statement reads in part.

Annie Tabura (L) posing with winners in MTN’s recent MoMo Nyabo promotion

Namaye said that the deportations have enabled the security agencies to disrupt the deportees intended “ill plans of compromising national security.

“We want to commend the directorate of immigration and citizen ship control for strengthening the screening procedures at all boarder points” Namaye said.

“We believe that the deportation of the two foreigners, who were using their employment as tools for achieving their ill motives, has enabled us to disrupt their plans of compromising national security,” Namaye added.

The deportation is a result of the security agencies’ raid on MTN data centres in Kampala last July.

The developments come as the telecom giants is still battling to have its operator licence renewed.

On Monday, the regulator body, Uganda Communications Commission  (UCC) extended the company’s provisional licence by three months pending the outcome of negotiations between the company and the government.

MTN and the government are locked in a tax dispute with the government demanding for $100 million as opposed to the company’s offer of $58 million.