Published On: Sun, Feb 19th, 2017

MTN & Orange Owes La Republique Billions: Now we know why they are jointly violating the rights of Southern Cameroonians

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Time to boyccot and seek the release of Consortium leaders

Time to boyccot and seek the release of Consortium leaders

The local units of Orange and MTN owe Cameroon nearly 100 billion CFA francs ($166 million) in unpaid taxes, including on games, the Central African nation’s corruption board said on Wednesday.

A wide-reaching probe into the telecoms sector, carried out by anti-corruption commission CONAC, found that taxes totalling 176 billion CFA francs had gone unpaid from various companies, also including Camtel and Viettel.

The amount paid by each company was not clear and the companies were not immediately available for comment.

But in a statement released Thursday, South Africa’s MTN Group said it was compliant with Cameroonian laws, a day after the central African nation said the mobile phone company owes money in taxes.

“MTN Cameroon is not and has never been implicated in corruption-related actions, in the exercise of its activities,” MTN said in a statement.

CONAC’s report is seen as another blow for MTN, which is already contesting a $3.9 billion fine in Nigeria for failing to disconnect users with unregistered SIM cards. MTN successfully lobbied to get the fine reduced from $5.2 billion in December.

Unregistered SIM cards can be used for criminal activity – a growing concern in Nigeria facing the threat of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

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