MTN appoints Kyomukama acting CEO, Mbire in hot soup  

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MTN Uganda chairman Charles Mbire

MTN Uganda confirmed that Mr. 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, the telecom said in a statement.

“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter.”

To ensure business continuity, MTN 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,” said the statement.

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

Mbire summoned

According to reports, MTN Chairman Charles Mbire is expected to appear at police for questioning about the espionage saga that rocked the South African telecom.

Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo deported Wim Vanhelleputte for compromising national security.

Earlier, the Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, the Mobile Money General Manager Elsa Mussolini and Annie Tabura, the General Manager For Sales and Distribution at MTN Uganda, were deported on similar charges.

Former Head of Legal and Lawyer Anthony Katamba also appeared at police to record a statement.

Security agencies including; CID, Internal Security Organisation (ISO), External Security Organisation (ESO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), are currently investigating the telecom for espionage, tax evasion and money laundering.

The team is under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Sabiiti Muzeeyi.

The South African MTN Group will send a delegation to Uganda to meet top government officials over the matter.

The delegation will be received by Mbire who will then link them with government officials.

In January, MTN Group’s CEO Robert Shuter met Museveni in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum over the telecom’s future in Uganda.

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN”.

As of 30 June 2017, MTN recorded 232 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

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