The company was responding to a report by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (CONAC) in Cameroon which alleges that MTN is implicated in unpaid taxes amounting to about 166 million U.S. dollars with Orange, another telecommunication service provider.


“MTN Cameroon is not and has never been implicated in corruption-related actions, in the exercise of its activities. MTN affirms that its interactions with the Government of Cameroon and its representatives have always been transparent, and in conformity with the Laws of the Republic of Cameroon,” said Philisiwe Sibiya, CEO of MTN Cameroon.

The CONAC report indicated that MTN owes 1.5 billion rand (about 89 million dollars) for not paying taxes on their money transfer system called Mobile Money.

The report was released at a time when MTN is battling to settle an account of 3.9 billion dollars for failing to disconnect over five million unregistered subscribers in Nigeria.

“We are willing to engage the Cameroonian authorities to try and fully understand the basis of the allegations. We are up to date in our tax matters. We are willing to cooperate with the inquiry brought forward,”MTN’s group executive for corporate affairs, Chris Maroleng told Xinhua.

MTN Cameroon says it is one of the two biggest contributors to Cameroon in terms of taxes and customs duties.
The company also says it has earned respect in Cameroon for its social responsibility.

Maroleng added, “We view our mutual relationship with the Cameroonian authorities as transparent and cordial and we wait for CONAC to provide questions and we (will) explain. We’ve done nothing wrong.”
MTN has over 10 million subscribers in Cameroon. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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