Police has denied claims that it was involved in spying on opposition politician and Kyadondo East Legislator , Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine as utter rubbish and a motive of seeking for attention.
Last week a Wall Street Journal report claimed that the Ugandan government, through the Police Force worked with technicians from the world’s biggest telecom company Huawei to crack the encrypted communications for Bobi Wine as one of the ways to spy on him.
However In a statement responding to claims, the Police spokesperson Fred Enanga noted that the report was malicious and intended to taint their image but on the other side give mileage to Bobi Wine which they say is total nonsense.
“We strongly believe the Article by the WSJ that is being used to sabotage and smear the Uganda Police Force, and give political mileage to a particular member of the opposition and other interests. We wonder why they would single out one leader, yet there are many other players in the political arena of Uganda including other politicians, activists, Members of Parliament, Journalists, to mention a few,” said Mr.Enanga
Enanga petitioned the WSJ to release information about the anti-crime infrastructure Police has installed that is being secretly used to extract personal information from private cell phones.
“We have seen the same accusations fronted against many other countries and institutions, using the Huawei intelligent monitoring systems. We believe its pure sabotage and a trade war strategy against Huawei and its clients.” Added Enanga
WSJ reports Huawei helped the Ugandan government to hack Bobi Wine’s WhatsApp, Skype conversations however the Police spokesperson said they cannot afford to be diverted from their core role of fighting through their existing contract with Chinese company, Huawei Technologies to install CCTV cameras countrywide.
Police asserted they will continue taking their policing responsibilities seriously by utilizing a range of operational, investigative and intelligence tools in their daily activities but not for spying purposes and most especially because Uganda is a democratic country.
Nevertheless, Last week Huawei telecom also came out to protest the Wall street journal report saying it was meant to taint their reputation and threaten it’s businesses across the globe.