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, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
A letter from the office of the Internal Affairs Minister to the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Control, directs that he be allowed back in Kampala.
“This is…to direct that he is immediately removed from the immigration Stop List, and accordingly be allowed into the country. By copy of this letter, the In-Charge Immigration/Security at Entebbe Airport are accordingly asked to allow him access and immigration clearance through Entebbe VIP lounge. Treat as urgent,” reads the letter dated May 29, stamped “Very Urgent.”
Vanhelleputte, a Belgian national holding passport number PPT. No. EP336746, returned 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 Elisa Muzzolini who headed the mobile money department, Annie Bilenge Tabura, a Rwandan national who was the head of sales and distribution and Olivier Alexander Benoit Prentout, a French national, who was working as the Chief Marketing Officer.