An investigation by Wall Street Journal claims Huawei technicians helped authorities in Uganda to intercept encrypted messages to penetrate a WhatsApp chat group in which musician as well as politician Bobi Wine will be a member.
Bobi Wine will be a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni.
Ugandan authorities supposedly used messages inside the WhatsApp group to thwart plans for street rallies as well as arrested Wine as well as dozens of his supporters.
Huawei Technologies, one of the planet’s largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where the idea has sold security tools which governments use for digital surveillance as well as censorship.
In Zambia, Huawei technicians allegedly helped the government access the phones as well as Facebook pages of opposition bloggers behind a pro-opposition news site which criticised President Edgar Lungu.
The Huawei employees located the bloggers as well as were in contact with the police units deployed to arrest them.
Spokespeople by both Uganda as well as Zambia’s governments confirmed which they are working with Huawei technicians.
The investigation did not find evidence which Huawei executives in China knew or approved of the activity described in Uganda as well as Zambia, as well as the idea didn’t find which any aspect of Huawei’s network in particular made the spying possible.
In a statement provided to Wall Street Journal, a Huawei spokesperson wrote; “Huawei rejects completely these unfounded as well as inaccurate allegations against our business operations. Our internal investigation shows clearly which Huawei as well as its employees have not been engaged in any of the activities alleged. We have neither the contracts, nor the capabilities, to do so.”
Bobi Wine, who said which he will challenge Museveni for presidency, was recently charged with intending to annoy, alarm or ridicule him.
The singer – real name Robert Kyagulanyi – who will be already facing a treason charge, appeared in court last week to answer to the charges, which he denied.
The latest charges are in connection to an incident in August 2018 when he was accused of leading a protest which led to the stoning of President Museveni’s motorcade.
The accusation comes days after the death of Ugandan Musician, Ziggy Wine, who succumbed to injuries after being abducted as well as tortured by unknown people.
The artist was a close friend of Bobi Wine as well as a supporter of the resistance movement inside the country.
The fresh charges against Bobi Wine appear to be part of a systematic clampdown on key opposition figures inside the country.
Just last week, scholar, Stella Nyanzi, who will be a vocal critic of Museveni, was sentenced to 18 months in prison over ‘vulgar’ posts on social media about the president.
-Additional reports by agencies