KAMPALA — Messaging app WhatsApp has blocked the account of a Ugandan journalist for repeatedly sharing alleged negative content about Rwanda.
UGStandard has reached out to the journalist who confirmed his Whatsapp account had been blocked.
The journalist, Muhamadi Byemboijana has since lodged a complaint with WhatsApp owner Facebook and an automated reply indicated he was banned for sharing harmful propaganda about Kigali administration.
“We understand you’re currently unable to access WhatsApp and we are working diligently to answer your request,” an automated response sent to his email reads.
The story is titled: “Kagame says Rwanda treats Ugandans better a week after handing over body of 10th Ugandan killed by Rwanda Defence Force”, published on the authoritative Ugandan news website, the SoftPower News.
Byemboijana believes the blocking of his WhatsApp account was not an isolated incident.
A recent investigation indicated that Rwanda was using Military-grade spyware leased by the Israeli firm NSO Group to spy on journalists, government opponents, diplomats and leaders of other countries including Uganda and South Africa.
In Uganda, the report said Rwanda had used the spyware to tap phones of a string of high profile officials including General David Muhoozi, the former chief of defense forces and now junior minister for Internal Affairs, former Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa.
Rwanda President was interviewed by the Financial Times to respond specifically to allegations of spying on Ugandan officials.
Kagame said Rwanda runs a sophiscated intelligence system that leans largely on individuals and not on the pricey Israeli military-grade spyware and that Kigali knows a lot about her enemies.