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MTN questions reason for CEO deportation

Gordian Kyomukama

Gordian Kyomukama

MTN Uganda has appointed Gordian Kyomukama, the telecom's chief technology office as the acting chief executive of the company following the deportation of the substantive chief executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte yesterday. 
 
The Belgian was deported last night, on the orders of the Internal Affairs minister, Gen Jeje Odongo making him the fourth employee of the company to be a prohibited immigrant declared under section 52 (g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act.
The section among others, stipulates that a person shall be declared a prohibited immigrant as a consequence of information received from reliable sources and confirmed by the minister or by the commissioner to be an undesirable immigrant.
 
Vanhelleputte is the fourth MTN Uganda top official to be declared persona non-grata in a space of just one month. The others are Italian Elsa Mussolini, the former general manager for mobile finance services, French national Olivier Prentout, who was the chief marketing officer at MTN Uganda and Rwandan national Annie Bilenge Tabura, the general manager sales and distribution.
 
But security agencies have not come out to explain what exactly the case is against the deported foreigners. However, according to sources within the security circles, security agencies have been investigating a number of foreign nationals over their engagement in acts that compromise national security. The investigations that have since been labelled classified are still ongoing under the leadership of the deputy inspector general of police Stephen Sabiiti Muzeeyi.
 
"We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolve this matter," the telecom giant posted on its official Twitter handle this morning. It added that MTN Uganda is fully committed to respecting and operating within the laws of the country.
  
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