MTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte deported

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The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of telecommunications company MTN Uganda, Wim Vanhelleputte was Thursday deported, weeks after three of the company’s expatriate staff were expelled.

In a letter signed by Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo, the MTN Uganda boss is to stay outside Uganda indefinitely.

Vanhelleputte was declared an undesirable immigrant by virtue of section 52(g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act and therefore a prohibited immigrant.

He was later taken to Entebbe airport for an SN Brussels flight to Belgium.

Vanhelleputte’s deportation comes days after the arrest and deportation of three other senior employees of the telecommunications giant. These include the chief marketing officer, Mr Olivier Prentout, the mobile money general manager Ms Elsa Mussolini and Annie Tabura who was the general manager for sales and distribution at MTN Uganda.

Ms Mussolini said she was ejected from the country for allegedly inciting violence by funding Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East MP and People Power architect.

MTN Uganda has however confirmed that Vanhelleputte has been deported from Uganda, but added that it was yet to be notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.

A statement issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs reads, “We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter.

“To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers.

“MTN Uganda is fully committed to respecting and operating within the laws of the country.”

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