Joseph Owino, a renown IT guru who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly hacking into the Twitter account of President Yoweri Museveni has spoken out denying he gained ‘unauthorized access to the account.’
A statement issued by Owino Solutions Ltd moments after he had been released on Monday said police had cleared him of all “allegations that he had hacked the social media profiles of the President of Uganda.”
” The Founder/CEO of Owino Solutions Ltd and Kawowo Sports Media, Joseph Owino, has been released from police custody this evening after clearing allegations that he had hacked the social media profiles of the President of Uganda,” the statement read in part.
On Monday morning, Sarah Kagingo, President Museveni’s Special Assistant for Communications warned that his account had been hacked. Hours later Museveni’s account posted that he’s in full control and that Kagingo was misleading the public.
Below is the full statement
The Founder/CEO of Owino Solutions Ltd and Kawowo Sports Media, Joseph Owino, has been released from police custody this evening after clearing allegations that he had hacked the social media profiles of the President of Uganda.
The allegations, filed with the Uganda Police Force Special Investigations Unit, stated that Mr. Owino, together with other unknown persons had ‘hacked’ and taken control of the President’s social media profiles on Facebook and twitter. He spent the night at The Special Investigations Division in Kireka (also known as ‘Wembly’) and on Monday had his home and office searched, and office equipment confiscated for further investigation.
Mr. Owino was treated with decency by the security agencies who thoroughly investigated and found the claims to be false.
Owino Solutions has been an active and leading social media consultant to several clients in Uganda and abroad. Due to this involvement, some unscrupulous individual who shall not be named at this point had for motives yet to be determined claimed that Mr. Owino had gained unauthorised access to the Ugandan President’s Social Media profiles.
He has now been released and would like to profusely thank all who helped in exonerating him. Together with his family, he requests that you grant him the privacy to resume his daily routines.