MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte Deported

To ensure business continuity, MTN said it has appointed Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as acting chief executive.

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MTN announced on Friday morning that Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda 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.

“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter,” MTN Group said in a statement on Friday morning.

To ensure business continuity, MTN said it has appointed 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,” said the mobile phone operator.

“MTN Uganda is fully committed to respecting and operating within the laws of the country.”

Last month, Uganda deported a French and a Rwandan executive from telecoms group MTN, accusing them of planning to compromise national security.

At the time, MTN Uganda said its chief marketing officer Olivier Prentout was detained at Entebbe airport. The company added that its head of sales and distribution, Annie Bilenge Tabura, was arrested by security personnel as she arrived at its headquarters in Kampala on Monday morning, then deported to Rwanda.

Last year, MTN Uganda said government security personnel had raided its data centre and disconnected four of its servers.

MTN Uganda has more than 10-million subscribers.

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