MTN Uganda CEO declared unwanted, deported

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Uganda, Wim Vanhelleputte has been declared an unwanted person in Uganda and therefore, the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo ordered for his deportation.

Vanhelleputte becomes the fourth expatriate at the telecom company to be deported as government increasingly shows discomfort with the operations of the company that revolutionised mobile telephony in the country.

First to be deported were, Olivier Prentout, who was the Chief Marketing Officer and Ann Tabura who was general manager for Sales and distribution who were deported on deported back to France and Rwanda respectively before Elsa Muzzolinni, the Head of Mobile financial Services was deported back to Italy on January 22.

The deportation order

The deportation order signed by Odongo declares Vanhelleputte an “undesirable immigrant” under Section 52 (g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act.

Vanhelleputte was on Tuesday interrogated by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) over the company’s operations in Uganda.

He is to be flown on Brussels Airlines  flight SN 465 that is scheduled to depart from Entebbe at 11:53pm.