Uganda deports three senior MTN employees citing espionage

An MTN mobile money stand in Gulu Town, Uganda. PHOTO: Fiona Graham/WorldRemit (CC BY-SA 2.0

Uganda’s leading telecom company MTN is going through a tough time after Ugandan police arrested and later deported its chief marketing officer, Olivier Prentout, back to France, on Saturday, January 19, 2019, following several hours of questioning at Entebbe International Airport on his return from a business trip.

The following Monday, on January 21, Annie Tabura, a Rwandan national and the general manager of sales and distribution at MTN, was also arrested as she arrived at the company’s headquarters in Kololo, Kampala. She was taken for questioning at the Special Investigations Division before being deported that same day.

In a report by the Ugandan police, they accused Tabura and Prentout of using their offices to access information and tap calls which compromised Uganda’s national security.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.