Has the Kigali government acquired Israeli technology to wiretap Rwandans living abroad via WhatsApp? In front of the national and international media, President Paul Kagame challenged the information of the "Financial Times".
"Like all countries, Rwanda is doing intelligence," defended the Rwandan head of state at a press conference in Kigali, while saying "not having the means to acquire such technology , very expensive, "and that is not his priority.
The technology in question is the Israeli software Pegasus, designed by the NSO group, which allows you to place a telephone, but also to open your microphone or turn on your camera. According to a survey of the English daily Financial Times, Rwandans living abroad would have been victims of this program which would have infected their phone via encrypted WhatsApp messaging. "All countries monitor telephone communications," said Paul Kagame. Nothing new, therefore, for the Rwandan president, who ensures to know well his enemies, "what they do and where they are".
I'm more concerned with the people who lead the incursions from Kinigi
Among the names of Rwandan citizens included in the survey of the Financial Times, that of Placide Kayumba, a member of the United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi), who resides in Belgium, and that of Faustin Rukondo, a cadre of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), exiled in England. "What would it be like to spend so much money on people who do not matter? It does not make sense, "said the Rwandan head of state. Before adding: "I am more concerned with the people who are leading the incursions from Kinigi". A reference to the attack of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in this tourist town in the north of the country, on the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which caused 14 victims last October 5.
"Know your enemies"
For Paul Kagame, Rwanda has "always made intelligence, it still does today, that's how all countries operate." According to the Head of State, it is a way to "know his enemies and those who support them". On the other hand, he did not give more details on the modus operandi of the Rwandan intelligence services, except that they are based first and foremost on "human intelligence".
Another topic discussed at this press conference was the establishment of a joint force of the countries of the subregion that would soon be deployed in eastern DRC to fight against the armed groups there. Paul Kagame confirmed that discussions between the various staffs concerned were under way, with the participation of the United Nations. "Some countries agree to move forward, while one or two others hesitate, for reasons of their own," said the head of state. If an agreement is not found, it is willing to work directly with the countries that wish. But he did not wish detailed what operations could be carried out on the Congolese pass, nor whether Rwandan troops could be involved under such an agreement.
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