By Ivan Mwine
The diplomatic row between the government of Uganda and that of the United States of America, which resulted in the US slapping financial sanctions on Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, who heads the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) entails more than what meets the eye.
Our Moles within security circles reveal that the sanctions that have since been condemned by the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) resulted from allegations that some elements within the army were using Pegasus Spy Malware to hack into phones of American officials working at the US Embassy in Uganda.
According to insiders, the sanctions against Kandiho were issued by the US State Department following reports that the Israel made Pegasus Spy Malware was being to hack into i-phones belonging to their embassy employees in Uganda.
The insiders however reveal that when the matter was raised, Ugandan security officials refuted the allegations, maintaining that the Spy Malware was being used to monitor terrorist activities in the country.
But this line of argument has since been rejected by the US government, hence the tough sanctions against Kandiho.
Kenneth Roth, one of the concerned US officials said on twitter that; “The Israel government would have us believe that NSO Group’s Spyware was used to target only child traffickers and terrorists, but it turns out that 11 US Embassy employees working in Uganda were hacked. Many governments used it to repress decent.”