Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's assistant has alleged that Deputy President William Ruto bought malware from an Israeli company to spy on his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his close allies' phones.
Philip Etale, the Communications Director for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), said in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday that Ruto had purchased Pegasus malware to eavesdrop on key government officials, Members of Parliament, and political opponents.
Ruto allegedly bought the spyware with the help of a president from a neighboring country, according to Etale.
“Through the assistance of a friendly neighboring country, a powerful figure in Kenya recently acquired the services of PEGASUS from Israel.
"The goal is to keep tabs on government activities, spy on people's phones, and tap information from people's phones for personal purposes. As you may have seen, top government officials, politicians, and other powerful people in the country have their phones tapped, which is why most people tweet verbatim talks from crucial meetings.
"This is what PEGASUS does, according to Etale.
DP Ruto has also hired a Russian named Erickson Christov to be in head of the fatal spying system, according to Etale.
He further stated that DP Ruto had engaged five Indian nationals as system support employees.
Ranjeet Kumar, Rafiki Patel, Pavesh Kushna, Ramesh Luvathulbhai, and Aksher Ponda are among the five.
On September 5, 2021, the five are slated to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Nairobi and Kisumu will be home to the six foreigners.
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