To ensure business continuity, MTN Uganda has appointed Gordian Kyomukama, who was the Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive.
The company has this morning also confirmed that their Chief Executive Wim Vanhelleputte, has been deported from Uganda.
“MTN has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.
“Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers.
“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolve this matter,” read a statement issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs department, before adding “MTN Uganda is fully committed to respecting and operating within the laws of the country.”
However, according to the Citizenship and Immigration Control department, Wim is no longer wanted in Uganda. He is barred from returning to Uganda until further instructions from the government.
“Wim Vanhelleputte has been declared an undesirable immigrant by virtue of section 52(g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act and has become a prohibited immigrant,” reads a deportation order signed by the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen.Jeje Odongo on Valentines’ Day February 14, 2019.
Unconfirmed sources have told East African Business Week that Vanhelleputte, who is currently held at Entebbe International Airport, will be aboard a Brussels Airlines flight to Belgium by Midnight.
His case, according to the sources also hovers around compromising national security where three of his employees Elsa Mussolini, the Former Mobile Money General Manager, Olivier Prentout, the Former Chief Marketing Officer and Anne Tabura, the Former General Manager in charge of Sales and Distribution were deported.
Before the final decision to deport Vanhelleputte, the Belgian was first interrogated by security agencies for a number of hours.
Last Month, social media was awash with photos of President Museveni, who met with MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where the two discussed a number of issues.
It is said that during the meeting, President Museveni expressed his dissatisfaction that telecom firms are milking vulnerable Ugandans by not adding value to their products but instead extending ‘talking’ services that have led to severe leakage of the country’s forex.