Government delays cause protests

14 Apr 2005

Government delays in the privatisation process of fixed line telco Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) have sparked off riots from the telco’s employees, resulting in six workers being arrested. The Universal Telephone Exchange (UTE) was declared the winner of the privatisation bid in February, but the government has failed to approve this amid rumours that UTE might not be able to afford the promised USD170 million investment in the telco. LTC workers held a protest on Tuesday demanding higher salaries and other benefits.