The Ugandan government has deported the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for telecommunication giants MTN Uganda, Wim Vanhelleputte, the Nile Post has learnt.
According to documents from the Ugandan Citizenship and Immigration department, Wim is no longer wanted in Uganda .
“Wim Vanhelleputte has been declared an undesirable immigrant by virtue of section 52(g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act and has become a prohibited immigrant,” reads in part the deportation order signed by the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen.Jeje Odongo on February 14, 2019.
According to the deportation order, Wim is barred from returning to Uganda until further instructions from government.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirmed the deportation.
“He is already at the airport and destined for Belgium around midnight over similar circumstances of national security,” Enanga said.
It is said that before his deportation, the Belgian was first interrogated by security agencies for a number of hours.
The deportation comes shortly after three other MTN Uganda employees including Elsa Mussolini, the mobile money general manager, Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer and Anne Tabura, the General Manager in charge of Sales and Distribution were ordered out of the country last month.
The MTN Uganda general manager in charge of corporate affairs, Anthony Katamba was also sacked by the company early this week.
Police recently said the three employees were deported over engaging in subversive activities.
“We strongly believe that the deportation of the two foreigners has enabled us disrupt their intended plans of compromising our national security,” Police said in a statement.
It was said that the two foreigners were suspected to be engaged in espionage prompting the Ugandan security to move on them.
Before deportation, all the MTN employees were first grilled by security for a number of hours at Special Investigations Division in Kireka.
President Museveni last month met with MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where the two discussed a number of issues.
During the meeting, Museveni expressed his anger regarding the fact that telecom firms are milking vulnerable Ugandans by not adding value to their products but instead extending ‘talking’ services that have led to severe leakage of the country’s forex.
“We had issues of people cheating our taxes and under declaring calls. We bought our own machines and were able to see all this. It is important that you float shares on the local stock exchange to allow for local ownership now that the license has been renewed,” he said.