The ongoing saga between Telecom Giants MTN and government security agencies has struck leaving MTN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wim Vanhelleputte leaving the country by deportation. The CIID Grace Akullo confirmed although she didn’t go into details referring the media to Police PRO.
This was further confirmed by a deportation letter from the Ministry of Internal Affairs released today 14th February 2019.
The ongoing MTN saga is alarming.
The CEOs deportation follows earlier deportations of French Cameroonian Olivier Prentout, Rwandese Annie Bilenge Tabura, and Italian Elza Muzzolini, over national security concerns.
The three were linked to activities that were supporting rebel activities backed by a foreign government using MTN Mobile Money (MOMO) and numerous unregistered SIM cards.
Weeks after their deportation and after security had intensified investigations, a surprising discovery was made that the MTN CEO seemed to be the mastermind of all the activities of the deported foreigners. Not only had he been coordinating and controlling the three suspects but security found evidence that the CEO himself had been working with a South African contact to supervise their activities.