Cameroon on Wednesday, accused South African phone giant, MTN, of not paying its taxes.
The Central African nation’s corruption board said MTN and Orange owe nearly 166 million U.S. dollars in unpaid taxes, without revealing the amount against each company.
However, MTN Cameroon said it had never been implicated in corruption-related actions and that its interactions with the government had always been transparent.
In December 2015, MTN said it would challenge a record 3.9 billion U.S.-dollar Nigerian fine in court, after resolving that the penalty that shredded the company’s value was not within the powers of that country’s telecommunications regulator to impose.
The Nigerian Communications Commission imposed the fine on Africa’s biggest phone company for failing to meet a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered subscribers to enable the Nigerian authorities to improve security.
The stand-off has sent shockwaves through the company with CEO Sifiso Dabengwa stepping down in December.
Phuthuma Nhleko was appointed as executive chairperson in a temporary capacity.
The mobile phone operator has more than 200 million subscribers across Africa and the Middle East.
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