Posted on10 July, 2018 | 13:57

MTN RAID: ISO Wanted Gen Kayihura’s Call Data on Kaweesi

The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Chief Col Kaka Bagyenda personally directed and monitored the raid of the MTN Data Centre in Mutundwe as part of a wider investigation into the murder of former AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, it has emerged.

The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Chief Col Kaka Bagyenda personally directed and monitored the raid of the MTN Data Centre in Mutundwe as part of a wider investigation into the murder of former AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, it has emerged.

The raid, which has been condemned by MTN Chairman Charles Mbiire, occurred on July 2.

According to officials briefed about the investigation, Bagyenda received information from some of the suspects held at the ISO ‘safe house’ in Kyengera, Wakiso, indicating that former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura made telephone calls using his MTN line that could implicate him in the murder of Kaweesi on March 17, 2017.

Upon receiving this information, Bagyenda directed ISO operatives to monitor the movements of top engineers responsible for physical access of the Data centre.

Mbiire revealed that on Monday, 2 July at around 5:00pm, two employees of Huawei Uganda, a contractor of MTN, were “kidnapped” from MTN Towers by armed men in civilian clothing who claimed to be ISO Agents.

They were taken to ISO headquarters where they were grilled about Gen Kayihura’s call data which Kaka said he wanted at all costs.

With firm instructions to force their way into the data centre, selected ISO agents with ICT background drove with the engineers to Mutundwe.

Mbiire said at the Data centre, there were several attempts by the intruders to “log into MTN Uganda’s servers over a period of two hours, but the efforts were unsuccessful because of MTN’s robust information security systems and no data was accessed or compromised.”

This had appeared as an MTN’s media public relations stunt to avoid public outcry over loss of customers’ call data to ISO.

But an official at ISO headquarters said upon arriving at Mutundwe, the agents said they wanted to have access to Kayihura’s call data for the months of March.

Kaweesi was killed on March 17.

“The ISO people could not access Kayihura’s data because these telecoms have a limit on the data they are able to store here at the data centre. You have to run servers for some time before you can access data of March 2017 – that is if it is still there,” said an official briefed about Kaka’s investigation.

“So, these people had some gadgets which they wanted to use to pick data from the servers but this was not possible.”

This development underscores ISO’s determination to obtain information that would see Kayihura pinned in the assassination of his former blue-eyed boy.

Multiple officials told this investigative website that the military leadership and President Museveni want “concrete evidence” against Kayihura before he can be charged with Kaweesi’s murder.

“We can’t afford to go wrong on Gen Kayihura,” said an officer who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

“We must have clean facts. What if he doesn’t have a case? Do you charge him for the sake of charging?”


Speaking to ChimpReports earlier this year, Gen Kayihura denied the charge, saying he was a victim of a smear campaign by his enemies.

“Why would I kill Kaweesi? Why?” he wondered, adding, “You (media) may throw mud at me but it will never stick.

MTN’s Acting CEO, Anthony Katamba told ChimpReports that ISO were unable to retrieve any information from their servers.

“We presented our facts backed by Video footage. Please bear in mind that MTN has nothing to hide, the Government is fully empowered to get any information they wish to have about our operations or any individual using our services, this they do through clearly defined legal processes regularly,” said Katamba.

“Please note further that the Government has implemented the Intelligent Network Monitoring/verification System (INMS), which duplicates all information on our servers, any one acting legally would not have to kidnap people and break into our facility,” he added.

Legal experts said information obtained using ISO’s underhand methods would not be admissible in court as he agents had not followed the due process of the law.

ISO agents did not present search warrants from court as prescribed by law.

But Kaka told the media at a press conference in Kampala on Monday that “There is nothing strange about what we did. We are allowed to go to any corner of the country to investigate anything. We went there to investigate something and it was not done illegally.”

Kaka did not quote any law to justify the raid.

He, however, added: “Like government entities have problems, even the private companies too are infiltrated and we can’t just sit back.

MTN has since called for an investigation into the incident.




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