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MTN boss allowed back, returns today

By John Masaba, Nicholas Wassajja

Added 30th May 2019 02:40 PM

It is three months since Vanhelleputte was deported.

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It is three months since Vanhelleputte was deported.

The MTN- Uganda Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vanhelleputte Wim Joris who was deported from the country for alleged links to several crimes including espionage and tax evasion has returned to Uganda, the New Vision has learnt.

Sources say Vanhelleputte, a Belgian national holding passport number PPT. No. EP336746, returned to Uganda uninterrupted today at 2:30pm aboard South African Airways SA 160.

In February, the Minister for internal affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo ordered for the deportation of Vanhelleputte from the country aboard Brussels Airlines. He was the fourth employee of the country’s telecom giant to be declared an undesired immigrant in a space of one month.

The other deported MTN Uganda officials were Olivier Alexander Benoit Prentout, a French national, who was working as the Chief Marketing Officer, Annie Bilenge Tabura, a Rwandan national who was the head of sales and distribution and Elisa Muzzolini who headed the mobile money department.

Security sources revealed that the three staff were taking advantage of unpopular public concerns relating to telecom usage to fan hatred against government.

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