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South Sudan shuts down telecom operator over tax row

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March 27, 2018 (JUBA) – Authorities in South Sudan have officially shutdown the mobile telecom operator Vivacell after the company reportedly failed to remit taxes worth up to $60 million.

The information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the directive follows Vivacell’s failure to fulfill its obligations as required by government.

The mobile operator, in a statement issued last week, acknowledged the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) order, which vowed to suspend its operations within a week from issuing a public notice.

"We are expeditiously working with the relevant authorities to have the matter resolved and we are confident that our operations shall continue across the country,” Vivacell said in a 21 March statement.

The mobile telecom operator is yet to react to the government’s latest decision.

Vivacell, owned by the Lebanon-based Fattouch Investment Group, launched its Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) network in February 2009. By early 2011, the company said it had achieved network coverage in all of South Sudan’s 10 state capitals, and along main roads from Juba to Yei and Bor.

South Sudan currently has two other mobile phone operators, MTN and Zain, with reportedly less than 4 million subscribers in the country.

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  • 28 March 11:25, by Kush Natives

    RIP Vivacell!

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  • 28 March 11:49, by Lenin Bull

    Good move Hon.Makuei. Let Pagan Amum go and re-establish it in US because they dream day and night to destroy South Sudan. How will there business survive that mutual destruction?

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  • 28 March 14:32, by Sunday Junup

    Zain and MTN are coming soon! Kiir has gone! this are kicks of a dying horses

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    • 28 March 15:24, by okello

      @Sunday where in the world a business operates without licence or not paying tax?. only south Sudan where everyone is corrupt and looking for leadership only and not care of public. When found doing wrong things and removed from position can run away and blame Kiir.

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  • 28 March 19:46, by Monye Kurok

    I bet you this has to do with politics.

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