Internet access restored in Uganda

Jan, 18th 2021 – The internet shutdown in Uganda that had entered its fifth day on Monday has ended.

The internet was shut down on Wednesday night last week, with just hours to go before polling stations opened for Thursday’s general elections. This was after the Uganda Communications Commission issued an order for telecommunication companies to immediately suspend any access or use of social media and online platforms.

This was shortly after Facebook apparently suspended hundreds of pro-government Ugandan accounts. The president, Yoweri Museveni had accused Facebook of arrogance after it closed several accounts linked to the ruling National Resiatnce Movement (NRM).

The closure was due to alleged efforts to rig the election saying that blocking of the platforms and several other websites was unavoidable. He said, “That social channel you are talking about if it is going to operate in Uganda, it should be used equitably by everybody who has to use it.

He added, “If you want to take sides against the NRM, then (you) cannot operate in Uganda. We cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us who is good and who is bad.”

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said, the government was reviewing the security situation before restoring the internet.

Social media is however still blocked and only accessible through VPN.

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