Inside story: How 2 MTN Uganda chiefs were arrested, deported by security agents
On Tuesday morning, Uganda woke up to the news that two high ranking officials from the largest telecommunications company in the country had been arrested and kicked out of Uganda.
The two are MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout and MTN Uganda Head of Sales and Distribution, Annie Bilenge Tabura.
According to Polly Namaye, a Uganda police mouthpiece, the duo had been engaging in activities that compromised national security. It was after an extended investigation between immigration officials and security agents that the duo was finally captured.
MTN Uganda has now released a statement, narrating how their senior officials were arrested by police.
According to MTN, Prentout was arrested on Saturday, 19 January 2019 as he arrived at Entebbe airport from a business trip abroad.
“On Saturday, 19 January 2019, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was arrested by police at Entebbe airport upon arrival from a business trip abroad,” MTN tweeted on Tuesday.
As for Annie Bilenge Tabura, she was arrested by agents as she arrived for work at MTN offices on Monday.
“On the morning of Monday 21 January 2019, the MTN Uganda Head of Sales and Distribution, Annie Bilenge Tabura, was arrested by unidentified security personnel upon arrival at the MTN headquarter offices, in Kololo, Kampala,” another tweet reads.
MTN confirmed the police statement that both Mr. Prentout and Mrs. Annie Bilenge Tabura have been deported from Uganda to their home countries, France and Rwanda respectively.
Police are yet to reveal the details of what the duo did to compromise national security.
22 January 2019
On Saturday, 19 January 2019, the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was arrested by police at Entebbe airport upon arrival from a business trip abroad. pic.twitter.com/4POrPd1nLQ
— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) January 22, 2019