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Statehouse rejects Bobi Wine - Huawei WhatsApp hacking claims

By Collins Hinamundi

Thursday August 15, 2019
Statehouse rejects Bobi Wine - Huawei WhatsApp hacking claims

 

State House has rejected claims made in a US based newspaper the Wall Street Journal that Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei helped Uganda Police hack Bobi Wine's phones on the orders of President Museveni.

Yesterday, the business newspaper claimed that Huawei is helping Uganda government and other African governments to hack and listen in to communications made by opposition leaders.

In an article, WSJ journalists investigate a claim by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi commonly referred to as Bobi Wine that the government of Uganda is hacking his phone and listening in to his conversations.

“I cannot talk to you about sensitive stuff on my phone because our conversation is being listened to,” Bobi Wine claims in the WSJ video.

However, on twitter, Senior Presidential Press Secretary Mr Don Wanyama says 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.

Quoting unidentified government officials, the report claims that the Telecom Giant, Huawei uses its infrastructure which includes most of the 3G and 4G cell towers in Kampala to enable these hacks. 

“The issue of tapping communications is done by government security agencies and they work hand in hand with Huawei,” an unidentified government official testifies in the WSJ video.

In the report, Bobi Wine shared how he side-steps the alleged government hacks using tricks like sending his personal Mobile device to locations other than the one he wishes to go to.

Huawei is helping Uganda set up a surveillance system that involves CCTV Cameras to fight crime. This followed a spate of Gun killings in Kampala, including the assassination of high ranking government officials like the late Arua Municipality MP, Colonel Ibrahim Abiriga.

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is facing opposition from some parts of the world most especially the United States of America which claims that the company uses its 5G technology to enable China to spy on other countries.

Huawei has over the months denied any allegations of spying on other networks and also denied the claims by The WSJ.