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Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga. Courtesy photo

Police Trash Bobi Wine Spy Claims, Brands them Malicious

“We strongly believe the Article by the WSJ that was carried forward by the Daily Monitor is being used to sabotage and smear the UPF, 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,” Enanga said in a statement dated August 19
posted onAugust 20, 2019
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By Kampala Post Reporter

The Uganda Police Force has trashed reports published in the American online media outlet Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the Force has been using Chinese Huawei technology to spy on opposition politicians especially Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi a k a Bobi Wine.

In a statement police spokesperson Fred Enanga says “UPF has an existing contract with Huawei to install CCTV cameras country wide as a measure to strengthen law and order. Their contract including both the hardware and software were thoroughly evaluated, and there were no short comings in the engineering and policing processes.”

“We want to assure all Ugandans that there are no concerns in using Huawei technology. Our relationship is purely business and does not prohibit us from purchasing or using their telecommunications and surveillance products in addressing crime and safety in our country,” Enanga said, adding that “The cameras are already transforming modern day policing in Uganda, with facial recognition and artificial intelligence as part of policing and security. They are also helping us to be more accountable through increased visibility and better response mechanisms.”

He further says “We continue to take our policing responsibilities very seriously and do utilize a range of operational, investigative and intelligence tools in our everyday activities, but not for spying purposes as alleged.Take note also that where it requires information about users, we use existing laws and procedure to seek such information from service providers.” 

“We strongly believe the Article by the WSJ that was carried forward by the Daily Monitor is being used to sabotage and smear the UPF, 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,” Enanga said in a statement dated August 19

“We do petition both the WSJ and Daily Monitor to release information that the anti-crime infrastructure we are installing has been 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,” the Police statement further states.

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