On Friday MTN Uganda appointed Gordian Kyomukama as the Acting Chief Executive Officer, replacing Wim Vanhelleputte.
The new CEO, has been the Chief Technology Officer at the largest telecom company in the country.
“We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter. To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr. Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers,” MTN Uganda said in a statement.
Vanhelleputte was deported on Thursday by the Uganda government on allegations that he was posing a threat to the country’s national security.
Who is Gordian Kyomukama?
Kyomukama was born in Kabale town to Gabriel and Elena Kibandama.
He attended Kigezi High Primary School, St Mary’s College Kisubi for both for O’ and A’ levels.
Kyomukama later joined Makerere University where he pursued a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. He also did advanced courses in Telecommunications engineering in Malaysia and Germany.
His first job was at Uganda Telecom (UTL). When Celtel (now Airtel) introduced their services in early 2000s, Kyomukama was among the pioneer engineers. MTN later sourced him from Celtel.
In the last ten years he has been an MTN expatriate in Liberia and Ivory Coast. He was just recalled last year to take on the job of Chief Technology Officer.
Kyomukama is happily married with three children.