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CAPE TOWN – The MTN Group has confirmed that Stephen Blewett, the CEO of MTN Benin has received official notification from the government of Benin, requesting him to leave the country by 24 November 2017. 

The reason cited for this request is Mr Blewett’s engagement in “activities detrimental to security and public order”. 

A reports Benin wants Blewett out due to a dispute over more than $200 million in unpaid fees. 

MTN has said that Benin’s regulator was reviewing its local unit’s reasons for not paying $213 million in frequency fees for 2016 and 2017.

MTN believes this amount is disproportionate and extreme. 

MTN said that it has taken note of the government’s concerns, however refutes these allegations. 

Blewett will abide by the government’s request and will leave Benin by the date stipulated by local authorities, according to a statement by MTN. 

Since commencing his tenure as CEO of MTN in Benin, Blewett has discharged his duties as directed by MTN Group with the utmost integrity and in accordance with the laws of Benin. 

He has also been an active member of Benin’s community and has formed strong bonds with the people of that country, whose traditions and culture he enjoyed sharing since his arrival in 2015.