Uganda’s telecom giant, MTN has confirmed the deportation of two employees by Uganda authorities. The South African owned telecom firm confirmed the deportation of Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda and Annie Bilenge Tabura, the Head of Sales and Distribution to France and Rwanda respectively in a statement on Tuesday morning.
MTN noted that Prentout was picked up by Uganda Police at Entebbe airport on Saturday 19 January 2019 shortly after arrival from a business trip abroad while Tabura was arrested by unidentified security personnel upon arrival at the MTN headquarters in Kololo in Kampala on Monday.
The telecom company said it remains committed to respecting the laws of the country. “MTN Uganda, together with all its employees, remains fully committed to operating within and respecting the laws of the country,” the statement reads. However, the statement failed short of stating why the two workers were kicked out of Uganda.
However, a statement signed by Polly Namaye, the Deputy Spokesperson Uganda Police Forces, says the duo was involved in activities that comprise Uganda’s national security. She explained that security agencies have been monitoring the activities of the duo in close coordination with immigration officials.
“We strongly believe that the deportation of the two foreigners, who were using their employment tools to achieve their ill motives, has enabled us disrupt their intended plans of compromising our national security,” Namaye said. Her boss, Fred Enanga declined to reveal the details of their investigations, saying he had assigned Namaye to deal with the matter.