Government delays response in deported MTN CEO case
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.