News from MTN Towers now says that MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte is being deported as you read this if you are reading on Thursday night. 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.
To make matters worse the CEO ensured that the deported three were given access rights to the MTN Uganda servers so that they could continue their actvities while deleting evidence.
When the MTN CEO realised that the noose was tightening round his neck he called up a reknowned PR guru in town who designed a story that would buy time for the deletion of records to be complete, as ISO operatives were sent on a goose chase for non-existent records.
But in the process, MTN Legal and Corporate General Manager Anthony Katamba happened to attend two crucial meetings where he caused suspicion in the CEO who was absent. After both meetings, the CEO made follow-up phone calls to his south african contact expressing worry about his situation.
Eventually, the plan was hatched to move all attention to the MTN license that had not been renewed. On Monday the PR guru who we shall name later started his work and stories began about Katamba being sacked.
Not only that, the CEO also wrote an email to the Board telling them that Katamba had been colluding with security to deport foreigners. But the Board members wondered why Wim was making it look like MTN was a country against Uganda another country, and they challenged him.
Little wonder that when security swung into action on Tuesday the Board members did not hesitate to step aside from Wim, leaving him open to deportation out of Uganda to join his colleagues.
The saga continues.