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I was accused of funding Bobi Wine! Deported MTN Mobile Money official speaks out

General Manager, Mobile Financial Services MTN Uganda, Elsa Muzzolini, was deported on allegation of sponsoring Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The MTN Mobile Money general, Elsa Mussolini, who was deported on Tuesday evening, has attributed her woes to her connection with Kyandondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Mussolini, alongside MTN Head of Marketing Olivier Prentout and Head of Sales Annie Tabura, were deported for allegedly engaging in activities prejudicial to national security.

While police did not specify the offences the trio committed, Mussolini, in communication with MTN staff on Tuesday, said: “Y’ello Team, I am deported tonite…main allegation being that I gave money to Bobi Wine during the 1% tax campaign.”

The Italian national added: “one day, I will be able to say a proper goodbye to you all.”

French national Mr Olivier Prentout, and Rwandan Annie Tabura are among top executives in MTN Uganda that were deported (PHOTO MONTAGE)

Prior to her deportation, Mussolini, alongside MTN head of corporate services Anthony Katamba, were summoned to the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka where they were grilled for close to five hours.

The 1% tax alluded to by Mussolini was rescinded by Parliament following intense pressure from politicians and the public.

On Tuesday, this website reported that Prentout and Tabura were deported for using their positions to tap telephone conversations of senior government officials and sharing the information with foreign countries.

Sources told this website that the foreign nationals were intercepting calls of government officials, other prominent persons and sharing the information with foreign security agencies.

“They have been working with a leading telecom company but could use the telecom’s devices to tap calls of government officials. This has been going on for a while and a team of IT experts were signed to track them down,” sources said.

Asked whether the deportations are connected to the July 3, 2018 raid on the MTN data centre by ISO, the source said: “Yes, we got the clues during that raid and we have been following up.”

During that raid, four MTN data servers were switched off while ISO operatives accessed some of the system computers. It is not clear whether they used this information to arrest and deport Tabura and Prentout.

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