(Ecofin Agency) - Wim Vanhelleputte (photo), CEO of MTN Uganda, is now authorized to return to the country. On May 30, 2019, MTN Group announced that Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has stepped in to request the CEO’s immediate return.
Wim Vanhelleputte was deported from Uganda on February 14, 2019. MTN Uganda was then accused of various offences including harm to the state security and false tax returns. It was then said that its exploitation license would not be renewed.
The CEO’s return is the result of discussions between president Yoweri Museveni and Rob Shuter, CEO of MTN Group in Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on January 22-25, 2019. These discussions were continued in Kampala during Africa Now summit on March 12-13, 2019 and during the Commonwealth Resort & Conference Centre, in Munyonyo.