Uganda's government denies spying claims

2015-10-16 20:45


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Kampala - The Ugandan government is denying the existence of a secret programme to use computer spyware on its opponents, saying the report by a London-based advocacy group is based on a fake document.

A government spokesperson, Shaban Bantariza, told reporters in Kampala on Friday that the purportedly classified document cited by Privacy International wasn't an authentic government document.

But Francis Mwijukye, an aide to opposition leader Kizza Besigye, said the report proved it was "time for Ugandans to say enough is enough."

Privacy International's report said FinFisher spyware was deployed against opponents of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni during protests in 2011.

The group published what it said was a leaked Ugandan presidential briefing which said "hordes of data" had been gathered by the spyware.

Read more on:    uganda  |  east africa

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