Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the brother to National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, has revealed the news of his phone allegedly being tapped has not only shocked him but caused him to fear.
According to revelations in the global reporting investigations, the Pegasus Project, published by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an Israeli firm’s software was used by the Rwanda government to spy on several government officials.
According to the report, Rwanda targeted former Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, Former Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, Director of ESO Joseph Ocwet, and surprisingly, Bobi Wines brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu.
Speaking to Nile Post extensively, Nyanzi said that few things started adding up when he heard the news
“There were signs, but of course I could not tell. There were some indicators, for example, I could hear echoes during phone calls, sometimes I could hear my voice again when I talk back and when I asked people who know these things, they told me that it could be that someone is tracking my phone,” he said.
Nyanzi initially thought it was the Ugandan government that was interested in his conversations probably with his brother Bobi Wine, but now says the fact that Rwanda behind the wiretapping sends him more shivers.
“I don’t want to be a sacrifice between Museveni and Kagame’s fight, you know when two elephants fight, it’s us the grass that suffers, so yes, am scared,” he said.
He says most of the communication he has had with fellow leaders in NUP especially Bobi Wine is more related to their party and politics, adding there is nothing he could have communicated that is worth pursuing.
“When you look at the work we have been doing, of course, you would think that at one point they might be interested in knowing what we are planning of which what we were doing was not illegal so I am confident,” he said.
“But I am a bit scared because they told me that when they start tracing you, they don’t just look put for your political work but they go deep into your private life as well. I am told they can infiltrate your camera and see what you are doing, so yes, it is scary,” he added.
The surprising twist in Nyanzi’s situation comes at a time when President Museveni insisted that certain countries in the neighborhood were bankrolling the National Unity Platform.
Meanwhile, the government of Uganda has expressed disappointment in the actions of the Rwandan government.