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BREAKING: MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte Deported

The government of Uganda has deported telecom giant, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer.

According to a letter signed by the country’s Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo, Wim Vanhelleputte has been deemed an “undesirable immigrant.”

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirmed the development saying, issues of national security are a priority in Uganda.

This development comes on the heels of more deportations of top bosses at the company.

Last month, the Uganda Police deported a French national and a Rwandan employee of MTN, claiming they were a threat to national security.

Olivier Prentout from France and Annie Bilenge-Tabura from Rwanda had been using their positions to “compromise national security”, police spokeswoman Polly Namaye said in a statement.

“We strongly believe that the deportation of the two foreigners, who were using their employment as tools to achieve their ill motives, has enabled us (to) disrupt their intended plans of compromising our national security,” she said.

Wim has been CEO since 2016.

The Belgian replaced Brian Gouldie who left after only two years on the job. Before coming to Uganda, Vanhelleputte headed MTN in Ivory Coast before briefly joining Bharti Airtel where he headed a business unit in charge of Gabon, Congo B, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

MTN’s 20-year license expired in October. The firm applied for a 10-year extension and the Uganda Communications Commission gave it an interim renewal lasting 60-days pending resolution of a number of unspecified issues before a final license is issued.

Ugandan authorities have said MTN has agreed to list its shares on Uganda’s local bourse as a condition of renewing its license, though the firm itself is yet to confirm this.

2 thoughts on “BREAKING: MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte Deported

  1. Mwesigye. Alexander

    If it is a security matter… there’s no problem about….MAUMAU…(muzungu ayendereye ulaya mwa Africa apate Uhuru…

  2. Kaggwa Frank


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