Act­ing boss for Vo­da­com TZ as Mulinge waits

Business Daily (Kenya) - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Alushula Palushula@ke.na­ton­media.com

Tele­coms op­er­a­tor Vo­da­com Tan­za­nia has ap­pointed an act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor af­ter it failed to un­lock a work per­mit stale­mate that has kept Sa­fari­com’s Sylvia Mulinge from tak­ing up the po­si­tion ve months since her ap­point­ment. The Dar es Salaam Stock Ex­change-listed telco, which is ma­jor­ity owned by Vo­da­com Group, said that Hisham Hendi will hold the po­si­tion un­til the is­sue is re­solved. “Mr Hisham Hendi has as­sumed the role of act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor from Septem­ber 1, 2018 un­til such time the on-board­ing process of the sub­stan­tive man­ag­ing di­rec­tor is com­pleted,” Vo­da­com said in a no­tice posted on its web­site. Mr Hendi, who has over 15 years of com­mer­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, has been Vo­da­com Tan­za­nia’s di­rec­tor of Con­sumer Busi­ness Unit hav­ing joined the rm in 2016. Yes­ter­day, Ms Mulinge

It takes a while. They just told us to be pa­tient as they work on it” SYLVIA MULINGE

who un­til her ap­point­ment worked as Sa­fari­com’s di­rec­tor for con­sumer busi­ness con­firmed that she is yet to se­cure a work per­mit from Tan­za­nian au­thor­i­ties, but re­mained hope­ful that she will soon clear the hur­dle and as­sume lead­er­ship of the tele­com firm. “Have you met any Kenyan who is try­ing to get work per­mit in Tan­za­nia? It takes a while. They just told us to be pa­tient as they work on it,” she said. “They have not given us any neg­a­tive feed­back and nei­ther have they con­firmed. They just told us to wait as they fol­low the process.” The Tan­za­nia High Com­mis­sion web­site says for­eign­ers seek­ing to work for com­pa­nies or in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try are re­quired to ob­tain a Class B res­i­dence per­mit. The ex­pa­tri­ate is, how­ever, not al­lowed to en­ter the coun­try be­fore the Res­i­dence Per­mit Class B is granted, a con­di­tion that has made it im­pos­si­ble for Ms Mulinge to re­port to of­fice be­fore the process is com­pleted. “Res­i­dence per­mit Class B is is­sued to for­eign ex­pa­tri­ates with rare pro­fes­sional skills to work for the com­pa­nies in Tan­za­nia,” states the web­site. Ms Mulinge was picked to re­place Ian Fer­rao, the ex-md who ex­ited in May hav­ing seen the firm list on Tan­za­nian bourse in Au­gust last year. In the lat­est an­nual re­port, he wished Ms Mulinge well as “she takes on this chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing po­si­tion.” Vo­da­com chair­man Ali Mu­fu­ruki had also wel­comed Ms Mulinge’s ap­point­ment, say­ing he was con­fi­dent in her abil­ity to take Vo­da­com to greater heights us­ing lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence from Sa­fari­com. “Sylvia has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of launch­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that have aug­mented Sa­fari­com’s fi­nan­cial per­for­mance and trans­formed the lives of its cus­tomers over the years,” said Mr Mu­fu­ruki. Ms Mulinge joined Sa­fari­com in 2006 from Unilever where she served as Sun­light brand man­ager. At Sa­fari­com, she rose to the po­si­tion of di­rec­tor, con­sumer busi­ness in March 2015. Sa­fari­com chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Col­ly­more while an­nounc­ing Ms Mulinge’s ap­point­ment to head Vo­da­com in April said that Charles Wan­johi would take her po­si­tion on in­terim ba­sis.

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WAIT Ms Sylvia Mulinge.

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