MTN Uganda CEO deported over national security concerns

MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Win Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported from the country over what the government is describing as national security concerns,

Media reports from Uganda indicate that Vanhelleputte was deported yesterday evening aboard Brussels Airlines on the orders of the country’s  Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo.

He becomes the fourth employee from MTN Uganda to be deported by the government in the last one month after they were accused of planning to compromise the country’s security.  They include Italian national Elsa Mussolini, the former general manager for mobile finance services, French national, Olivier Pentout and Rwandan national, Annie Bilenge Tabura. 

MTN confirmed that Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda has been deported from Uganda saying it has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.

‘’We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter’’ the company said in a tweet.

It went ahead to say that it has appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive.

‘’’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.’’

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