The government of Uganda has deported the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) MTN Uganda Mr Wim Vanhelleputte and in his place Gordian Kyomukama appointed. Kyomukama was the MTN’s chief technology officer.
Sources in Uganda say that the Belgian national was deported for sponsoring Kyadondo East Mp Robert Kyangulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s activities who has been considered an enemy of President Yoweri Museveni.
In a letter, Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo, said that Vanhelleputte was deported over issues of “national security”.
“He’s already at the airport and destined for Belgium around midnight. Over similar circumstances of national security,” said police spokesman Fred Enanga.
This comes only a few days after three other foreign employees of the telecommunication company were arrested and deported. They include the mobile money general manager Mr Olivier Prentout, Ms Elsa Mussolini and Annie Tabura.
Ugandan paper Daily Monitor reports that Ms Mussolini was ejected from the country for allegedly inciting violence by funding Mr Wine.
In July last year, the country’s Intelligence and Security Organisation raided the company and confiscated their servers in investigations following allegations of “espionage, tax evasion and money laundering”.
The investigations went full swing last month bringing on board a multi agency team that included persons from the Uganda Police Force Criminal Investigations, the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), the External Security Organisation (ESO) and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
The team is under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Sabiiti Muzeeyi.