MTN Mobile Money Chief: I was Accused of Funding Bobi Wine

Ms Elsa Mussolini, the MTN mobile money general manager, has said she was deported on Tuesday for providing funds to singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

Mussolini, according to summons sent to her yesterday, was accused of ‘incitement to violence.’

She was asked to appear at CID headquarters in Kibuule where she was grilled by detectives.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga was quoted as confirming that a decision had been taken to deport her.

However, in a social media chat, Mussolini said her woes are related to Bobi Wine’s campaigns.

“Y’ello Team, I am deported tonite…main allegation being that I gave money to Bobi Wine during the 1% tax campaign,” said Mussolini. 

Bobi spearheaded the campaign you opposed the 1% tax on mobile transactions and also a levy on social media.

The initial 1% tax on all mobile money transactions was received with outrage by majority of Ugandans, with some holding processions in urban areas. 


Experts warned then that implementing the tax would widen the financial inclusion gap and stifle economic growth.

The 1% tax was rescinded by Parliament following intense pressure from politicians and the public.

The police action against Mussolini follows the arrest and deportation of MTN Uganda Head of Sales and Distribution, Annie Bilenge Tabura and Marketing boss Olivier Prentout.

Police said Olivier and Bilenge were arrested for their alleged “engagements in acts which compromise National Security.”

Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye said the two officials “used their top positions at the telecom company to advance their mission” which he didn’t disclose.

“We strongly believe that the deportation of the two foreigners, who were using their employment as tools to achieve their ill motives, has enabled us disrupt their intended plans of compromising our national security,” she added.

Mussolini expressed hope “to one day be able to say a proper goodbye to you all.” 

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