INTERNATIONAL – Vodacom Tanzania said on Friday the government had denied its incoming chief executive officer, a Kenyan, a work permit, and it would have to restart the recruitment process.
In April, Vodacom Tanzania named Sylvia Mulinge, at the time head of business at Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom to the post. She was meant to take up her position on June 1.
“Vodacom Tanzania can confirm that it has received notice from the Labour Commissioner declining a work permit application for Sylvia Mulinge as chief executive of Vodacom Tanzania,” it said in a statement.
Ali Mufuruki, Vodacom Tanzania’s Chairman, told Reuters the company had been given reasons by the government, but it cannot disclosed them. Mufuruki said it was up to the Tanzanian government to give the reasons.
The government has been accused by investors of delaying or rejecting work permits for foreign workers, complicating their operations.