MTN’s Chief sues Government for illegal deportation

Following his abrupt deportation from Uganda, the former MTN Chief Executive Officer Wim Joris Vanhellepute has taken his alleged illegal deportation to the High court in Kampala.

Vanhellepute has now dragged the Attorney General to High court seeking orders to quash his deportation .

He was deported after the minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo issued his deportation letter on the 14th of February 2019.

However Vanhellepute contends that , the said order that labelled him as an undesirous and prohibited immigrant is illegal because for the past 25 yrars he has lived in Uganda, he has been a law abiding citizen with no criminal record.

Vanhellepute who is currently in his native country Beligum after being forcefully returned back ha now instructed his lawyers from Birungi and company advocates to file a suit demanding damages from government for violating his rights bu not giving him a fair hearing before being deported.

He also says he was detained in an illegal detention and treated un-just.

He also also narrated in his letter of intention to sue that on the 29th of January 2019, he was summoned by the Special Investigations Unit at Kireka were he accused of communicating to the deported MTN staff before being asked to record a statement.

He further claims that he was then ordered to report back at SIU on the 14th of February 2019, were he was detained and later driven to Entebbe Airport were he was handed over to aviation security and at 11. 59 pm , he was deported through an SN Brussels Flight.

He said that although he tried to explain to the police officials that he needed to communicate to the deported staff because they had not yet officially handed over office, they did not listen to him but did as they wished with out being given an opportunity to explain himself to Minister Odongo before signing the Order that declared him unwanted in Uganda.

He further claims that he was not given any opportunity to talk to his Ugandan wife; Barbra Adoso and 2 children who are residents at Lubowa in Makindye.

He now wants court to declare joris’ deportation unlawful on grounds that he had a valid work permit and a running Visa which was due to expire in May this year .