Government delays response in deported MTN CEO case

  • Posted on: 28 March 2019
  • By: sanyu-fm-news

Government says it's  still  looking for information from  relevant departments and authorities in order to file a response in case filed by the deported MTN

Cheif Executive Officer Wim Joris Vanhellepute .


This has been the submission of state attorney Kodoli Wanyama as he appeared  before justice Henrietta Wolayo to hear Vanhellepute's application inwhich he  seeks to quash his deportation.


Vanhellepute last month dragged  Attorney General to High court for  orders to set aside  his deportation following an order  issued by the Internal Affairs Minister Gen.  Jeje Odongo on the 14th/February 2019.


According to Vanhellepute , the said order  labelled  him as a  undesirous and prohibited immigrant yet he has been a law abiding citizen and has  no trace of a  criminal record for the 25 years he has lived in Uganda.


Vanhellepute who was against his will repatriated to his native country  Beligum has now given   instructions to  lawyers from  Birungi and company advocates  to file a suit demanding damages from government for his violated rights to a fair hearing , just treatment and illegal detention .


His  troubles began on the 29th /January 2019 when he was summoned by the Special Investigations Unit at Kireka that  accused him of communicating to the deported MTN staff, to which he was also  asked to record a statement. 


That he was then ordered to report back at SIU on the 14th/February / 2019 but despite explanations to police that he needed to communicate to the deported staff because they had not yet officially  handed over ofifce ,  he was  detained, driven  to Entebbe Airport ,  handed over to aviation  security and at 11. 59 pm , was deported through an SN Brussels Flight. 


Vanhellepute claims he was neither  given an opportunity to explain himself  to Minsiter Odongo before signing the Order that  declared  him unwanted in Uganda nor communicate to his  Ugandan wife; Barbra Adoso and 2 children who are residents at Lubowa in Makindye. 


He has asked court to  intervene and recall his unlawful  deportation  because he had a valid work permit and a running Visa  which was due to expire in May this year in addition to missing his family and home at Lubowa in Wakiso district .


Court will hear the application on the 11th/April 2019.