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Expelled MTN managers linked to Bobi Wine-Government

Fresh details emerging show that the three MTN Uganda who were deported out of the country his week, were allegedly involved in sponsoring protests against the Government.

The managers, Olivier Alexander Benoit Prentout, a French national who has been working as the Chief Marketing Officer, Annie Bilenge Tabura, a Rwandan national, who has been the head of Sales and Distribution, were deported for espionage, according to earlier reports

The third person, also deported for alleged spying, was Elisa Muzzolini, an Italian who was heading the Mobile Money Department.

Sources told MbararaCityNews yesterday that besides espionage, the managers were also accused of funding hostile campaigns against the government. Security sources revealed that the three staff were taking advantage of public dissatisfaction relating to Telecom usage to fan hatred against the Government.

Demonstrations

The sources said the suspects were involved in sponsoring the campaigns against the OTT Tax and that of MobilE Money introduced mid last year.

The two taxes caused uproar and a group of youth led by kyadondo east MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, attempted to exploit the uproar by staging street protests.

Government responded by reducing the Mobile Money Tax from 1% to 0.5 % and restricted it to only withdraws.

MTN Responds

However, MTN management has reportedly given assurances to the Government that the company is not involved in politics and espionage.

Related:  MTN mobile money boss deports triggers Rwanda protests

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