KIBULI, Kampala – Uganda: Detectives handling the case where veteran investigative journalist Stanley Ndawula complains against tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, over hacking and illegal access into his social media accounts, have extracted an interesting and highly promising confession from Ussa Ssegawa.
Captured Wednesday last week by Ndawula`s private investigators around Kawempe, Ussa Ssegawa is the latest and hitherto most needed suspect. Most needed because he represented the prime suspect, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia in entirerty. Whereas it was highly expected he would do whatever in his reach to protect his master, time wasn`t on his side.
This stance, because he was denied the much-wanted chance to talk to his master when the detective announced to him, it was time for recording his statement. As the head of the hacking racket, it was prudent for him to talk to the main man and agree on what to tell or not to tell police.
Left with no alternative, Ussa gave in and wrote an unaltered statement, telling it the way it was, more especially after being informed that actually, all his accomplices had long recorded theirs. We chanced a lengthy glance at his statement currently lying at the Resident State Attorney`s desk at Buganda Road Court, pending sanctioning.
With slightly edited patches, we hereby reproduce the statement via which, Ussa Ssegawa spilled the beans to the dismay of his master Sudhir Ruparelia, also the Federa Republic of Nepal Consul to Uganda.
“I Ussa Ssegawa, a male adult aged 32 years, Muganda by tribe, working with Sanyu fm as a journalist, a resident of Kawempe, Ssebaggala zone, Kawempe Division in Kampala District STATES that the above particulars and address are mine, true and correct.
…and wish to say that I have been an employee at Sanyu FM for now a period of three years and it’s owned by a one Rajiv Ruparelia. I know of a person known as Ashburg Kato also known as Katto Ashraf and have known him for a period of two years and we communicate both on mobile network and other social media platforms like WhatsApp.
I also know one Alfred, who I got to know through Katto Ashraf aka Ashburg and its recent and do not know him much, however we do communicate. I also know Stanley Ndawula and have known him as a journalist for so long but we do not have much in common but he is well known to me. It was in early September 2021 when I was contacted by Katto Ashraf aka Ashburg Katto.
This was in regard to the Facebook posts that were on Stanley Ndawula’s Facebook page and these were stating that “In Sudhir’s Death Closet: The tale of how Nepal consul has evolved from table salt smuggler to a super crime guru.” Katto was informing me of how he can be able to remove the post off Ndawula Stanley’s Facebook page and others on the Investigator page, an online news site that is also owned by Ndawula Stanley.
I then asked him how possible he was able to hack this account of Stanley and remove this content and he confirmed to me thrice that he could do it and I gave him a go ahead. We then made an arrangement to meet and find a solution to remove these contents.
The reason I was doing this was that I wanted to protected the image of Ruparelia group and my bosses who included Rajiv Ruparelia and Sudhir Ruparelia as these contents were not appeasing to us and the whole company management, so this was a way we found out that could counter plan it.
We on the first time met at Masharique restaurant in Bunga and in this meeting it was me, Katto Ashraf and Alfred. In this meeting we agreed that they should hack and put down the Facebook, Twitter and the Investigator site accounts and ensure that all the content is erased or deleted.
In all this, I was representing the Ruparelia group but in particular, it was Sudhir Ruparelia who had given me instructions to meet these people and chat a way out to hack Stanley Ndawula’s accounts as indicated. And in the same meeting, we agreed on how we were to facilitate them to do this and we agreed a fee of UGX10,000,000 but with initial payment of UGX.5,000,000 which he received the next day at Bukoto.
I originally knew Katto Ashraf but I got to know Alfred when we met in the meeting at Masharique restaurant in Bunga. There after the first meeting, indeed as agreed, the Facebook page of Ndawula Stanley was hacked and removed but however I do not know how the nudes of a lady got to his pages but all I know is that the page was hacked and removed by the team I had agreed with as instructed by Sudhir Ruparelia.
And equally, the Investigator site was hacked by the same team of Katto and Alfred and this particular meeting was in my vehicle and here we agreed on what they expected from me and what I expected from them, which is deleting the content in Ndawula Stanley’s Facebook account, Twitter and the Investigator site (website).
While in this meeting, I called Dr Sudhir using my personal phone to inform him that I had met these guys and we had agreed on deleting this content as he had instructed me to do. We then left and then met the third time it was me and Katto Ashraf and at that time Alfred was at Yaya restaurant, the business of Ndawula Stanley and at this time, Alfred was intending to obtain information from Ndawula’s phones that was going to aid them in the hacking of Ndawula’s accounts and Investigator website.
I and Katto drove and got closer to Yaya restaurant in Kisasi and waited for Alfred and I later parted with them and left. Some of the communication between me and Katto was on WhatsApp and basically was about hacking and deleting the Facebook accounts, Twitter account and website of the investigator and Stanley Ndawula, but whenever Katto would be off WhatsApp, I would engage Alfred on WhatsApp to have the matter progress as I was accountable to Sudhir Ruparelia to have the job done.
I was communicating with Katto on 078…07 both mobile network and WhatsApp as well as Alfred on 0759…11, +44 75…77, and 0784…99 and I would also contact my boss Sudhir Ruparelia on 0752…66 and 0772…66 and I was using my personal number stated above which is fully registered in my names “Ussa Segawa.” That’s all I can state for now. Statement read through by myself, found it true and correct and here I sign it……. xxx
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