The Chinese Embassy in Uganda has issued a lengthy statement through which they denied that the Chinese owned Huawei Technology Co. was used to spy on opposition colossus and Kyadondo East MP Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine. In a statement issued on the embassy’s twitter page, China dismissed the story as fake and totally groundless.
Yesterday, the country woke up to a news report by the Wall Street Journal in which it was alleged that Huawei was aiding African governments to spy on their political opponents. The report gave an account of how the Ugandan government sought the help of Huawei to hack ito the phone of Bobi Wine. The report further said that Huawei provided the software and technicians who hacked into Bobi Wine’s whatsapp and skype communications. They said the information that was retrieved was used to crack down on Bobi Wine’s music shows and planned rallies.
The Chinese Embassy picked on a point that involves an embassy staffer identified as Chu MaoMing. The story claims Mr MaoMing was an intermediary, and accompanied various Ugandan officials to meetings with the security agency in China, where they were shown the surveillance capabilities of the Chinese government in 2017. The Embassy claims Mr Maoming did not leave Uganda at any point in 2017. The embassy claims the story has an ulterior motive.
Statehouse in Uganda has already dismissed the hacking claims, with Senior Presidential Press Secretary Mr Don Wanyama saying this story is a continuation of America’s attack on Huawei amidst a trade war with China. “You don’t need to hack a phone to know that the Busabaala concerts were political” He says.