MTN-Uganda CEO-Wim Vanhelleputte

On 25th October 2021, an application was filed by Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka (the applicant) seeking judicial review orders against the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) decision to approve the MTN Uganda prospectus, in respect to its Initial Public Offer (IPO) of 4,477,808,848 ordinary shares to the public in the High Court of Uganda (Civil Division).

The application before Court was challenging the decision of the CMA to approve the MTN prospectus. The CMA was ably represented by the Attorney Generals Chambers.

“The public is hereby informed that a ruling on the matter was delivered by Justice Phillip Odoki on Friday November 26th 2021,” CMA said in a statement.

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In reaching its decision, Court examined the powers and duties of the CMA, whether the applicant had the locus standi (a basis in law) to file the application and any connection between the applicant and the respondent.

The application was dismissed with costs to the CMA.

The applicant proceeded after the ruling to request a temporary injunction to restrain the CMA from extending the MTN Initial Public Offer (IPO) window and from the eventual listing of the MTN shares on the stock exchange.

Prayers for the injunction were heard and disposed of.

The High Court dismissed the application, holding that it was highly irregular and its grounds were not stated or proved.

MTN Uganda launched the Initial Public Offer (IPO) of over 4.4 billion shares to Ugandans a few days after announcing its intention to float 20 per cent of its shares on Uganda Securities Exchange (USE). MTN International owned 96 per cent of shares in Uganda but now owns 76 per cent of the company, and the other 4 per cent belong to businessman Mr. Charles Mbire.