Kyomukama steps in Vanhelleputte’s shoes at MTN

At about a minute to midnight, a KLM flight number SN 465 flew out of Entebbe destined for Brussels in Belgium.

On board was Wim Vanhelleputte, who until his deportation has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Uganda.

Vanhelleputte was deported from Uganda after the Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo declared him an undesirable immigrant as per Section 52 (g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act.

It still remains unclear why the telecom giant’s chief executive was deported but the reasons could be similar to what facilitated the earlier deportation of three other expatriates who were working at MTN Uganda.

Wim Vanhelleputte in the departure lounge at Entebbe Airport last night

To keep the company running, Gordian Kyomukama, the current Chief Technology Officer has been appointed as acting CEO.

” 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,” a statement issued by MTN Uganda reads.

The statement also indicates that MTN 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 statement further reads.

Last month, Olivier Prentout, a French national who was the Chief Marketing Officer, Anne Tabura,  a Rwandan who was general manager for Sales and distribution and Elsa Muzzolinni, an Italian who was the head of Mobile financial Services were deported over charges of endangering national security.