The GSM Company, Orange Liberia has confirmed that its Chief Executive Officer of Orange Liberia Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly was invited by the National Security Agency (NSA) of Liberia for questioning in relation to protests held in Monrovia on June 25, 2020 against the imposition of new Surcharges on mobile voice on-net and data.
Protesters believed to be members of the Council of Patriots erected roadblocks and set tires alight last week to demand that government drop surcharges being impose on GSM companies here.
The protest came weeks after another attempt by Orange Liberia to subvert the imposition of regulatory surcharge fee yielded no result. Early this month, Orange Liberia filed a Petition for a Writ of Prohibition before Supreme Court Justice Jamesetta Howard Wollokollie challenging an order issued by the regulatory authority of the telecommunication sector here for surcharges fees.
It can be recalled that in 2018 the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) issued Order 0016-02-25-19 imposing floor prices and surcharges on one-net voice calls and data. Before issuing the Order, the LTA got all stakeholders involved and their inputs were considered. However, in a press statement issued Monday June 29, Orange Liberian indicated that it stands by its policy of non-involvement in politics as it is the main rule of conduct within the Group worldwide. It noted that under no circumstances does Orange support politics nor has the company or any of its executives been involved in political actions directly or indirectly.
It said regarding the issue of the imposition of Surcharges to current tariffs, and as Orange Liberia’s shareholder, Orange Group has analyzed the impact of the Surcharges of the LTA Order 0016- 02-25-19 and concluded that these additional Surcharges imposed to GSM operators are jeopardizing their investments and their business continuity in Liberia.
“Therefore, the Board of Orange Liberia instructed Mr. MamadouCoulibaly, as CEO of the company, to make a case before the Courts of Liberia. Orange, as a law-abiding corporation, believes that the best recourse is always through the use of dialog with the authorities and the rule of law,” the statement explained.
The company pointed out that it has invested more than USD $100 million in Liberia since 2016 to provide digital and financial inclusion to the Liberian people and is a key partner in progress for the country’s development agenda. It boasted of being awarded the 2017 and 2018 best tax payer award by the LRA and is proud to contribute to Liberia’s development through the payment of taxes, in addition to its CSR activities.