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Fresh unrest at MTN as senior manager Katamba is fired over govt fall-out

MTN Uganda has fired General Manager business and Head of  Legal the long-serving Anthony Katamba. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Telecommunication giants MTN Uganda have fired it’s General Manager – business and Head of  Legal the long-serving Anthony Katamba in a cleanup that may spell staff unrest.

Mr Katamba who has headed the MTN legal department since 2002, but was last year demoted to head business as his position came under review after the company lost several legal battles against staff in the criminal courts and several other legal and regulatory issues, was on Tuesday evening asked to leave the telecom giants, insiders have confirmed to this website.

Contacted on Tuesday morning for a comment,Mr  Katamba did not respond to our message.

But a senior official in MTN Uganda has intimated that Mr Katamba was relieved of his duties in the aftermath of the recent MTN Uganda’s troubles with government, after he was, among others accused of leaking information that led to the deportation of senior company managers.

He also is blamed for mistreating and firing workers at his will  when to took over the business unit last year.

MTN corporate affairs manager Val Oketcho and the Public Relations Officer Justina Ntagba Kayemba refused to comment on the matter.

The Uganda Police last month deported senior MTN Uganda officials Olivier Prentout, a French national, and Ms. Annie Tabura, a Rwandan, to France and Rwanda respectively, for allegedly engaging in activities that threaten national security.

Ms. Elsa Mussolini, the MTN mobile money general manager, was also deported back to Italy after being grilled by the Uganda police Special Investigations Division (SID) in Kireka, near Kampala.

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