Hearing for an application seeking an injunction against MTN license renewal is for tomorrow Friday 6th April 2018 @ the high court of Kampala @ Twed Towers at mid-day
Western Youth MP Mpaka Mwine Rwamirama has finally sued MTN. This website has seen documents that Mpaka filed in court against telecom company MTN, telecom regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Bank of Uganda.
For starters, in February 2018, Hon Mpaka’s MTN sim card was swapped without his consent and this could only happen with the work of insiders. In the due course, his friends and relatives lost millions of money as fraudsters targeted them and appealed to them for help using the legislator’s MTN number. These relatives and friends were receiving messages from the MPs’ MTN number that had been duplicated by the fraudsters.
After thorough investigations, the CIID department of police arrested 2 MTN staff Nasser Kigenyi and Henry Magembe for illegally swapping MP Mpaka’s sim card and abetting electronic fraud. The two are currently battling charges in court.
This is not the first time, innocent Ugandans are being cheated by MTN but people have for long feared to rise up against MTN because of its financial muscle. Even UCC that would be regulating MTN has for long turned a deaf ear.
It’s only the MP who has galvanised the courage to take on MTN in what is set to be a land mark case.
MTN is being sued for failure to protect its customers as its staff Nasser Kigenyi and Henry Magembe connived to extort money from unsuspecting/innocent customers.
UCC is being sued for failing to regulate telecom companies. CIID department of police has established that hundreds of innocent Ugandans have been conned via such illegal swapping of sim cards. Amongst these are 10 MPs and Ministers. Agriculture Minister Christopher Kibanzanga, Eastern Youth MP Ishma Mafabi and Kazo county MP Gordon Bafaki are some of the victims.
Bank of Uganda is being sued for failure to regulate mobile money transactions as all these fraud cases have been aided by mobile money platforms but no strict regulation up to now has been put in place.
Not only has the Western Youth MP sued MTN but he has also gone ahead to apply for an injunction against the renewal of its’ license under Miscellaneous application number 162 of 2018
MTN is currently in the process of renewing its contract with UCC, the regulator and this process was scheduled to end in August this year.
However, with this case, if the MP secures an injunction against MTN, MTN will stop operating in Uganda in August until the main court case has been disposed off.
The hearing (for injunction) is for tomorrow Friday 6th April 2018 at the High Court at Kampala, civil division at Twed Towers, starting @ mid-day.
The youth MP is represented by Akampumuza & Co. Advocates.