By on January 15, 2019

Win a Car Poster that also ran on Print Media. PIC: source from Kwazi Mausuku’s Facebook Account

MTN Eswatini has come out and clarified that His Excellency; The Right Honorable Prime Minister Mr Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini never signed any contracts between MTN and the Bridge Foundation.

The Bridge Foundation is the company that was legally granted the license to run the Win a Car competition and also had an agreement with MTN Eswatini to utilize the MTN Mobile Money facility as a payment method.

MTN Eswatini released a press statement on today’s Times of Swaziland distancing the brand and the Prime Minister from the ongoing controversy. According to the released press statement, the Prime Minister was no longer with MTN Eswatini when the contracts were being finalised.

“MTN Eswatini would like to clarify that contrary to a news report by The Times of Swaziland Sunday, dated 13 January 2019, His Excellency, The Right Honorable Prime Minister Mr. Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini did not sign any contract between MTN and Bridge Foundation. At the time the contract was finalized, His Excellency was no longer with MTN” reads the statement.

The Times Sunday published a story under the byline of Welcome Dlamini looking at how Kwazi Masuku former Times Sunday journalist assumed a leading role in the Win a Car Fundraising without  the license for  the competition nor a standing agreement with MTN Eswatini for using MTN MoMo facility.

The report further alleged that MTN was represented by Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini who was MTN’s Chief Executive Officer during that time.   These are the allegations that were dismissed by the giant telecom brand further clarrifiying that His Excellency was no longer with the brand during the finalization of the contracts.

Meanwhile, the press statement further pointed out that MTN Eswatini exercised due diligence and ensured that The Bridge Foundation met the entire basic requirement to warrant the use of MTN Mobile Money as a payment platform. They further show concern for being dragged into the ongoing controversy purely for providing a payment platform that is readily available to any institution that meets MTN’s set requirement.

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About Phumlani Dlamini

A Public Relation graduate from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology with a vast love and interest for the Kingdom of Eswatini and the people living within it.

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