Tuesday 10th July 2018
The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Chief Col Kaka Bagyenda on July 2 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 was however condemned by MTN Chairman Charles Mbiire.
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.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website