Ugandans Hold Election Despite Social Media Blackout

Despite the social media ban in Uganda, voters still took to polls on Thursday to finally elect the next president and members of parliament.

Despite the social media ban in Uganda, voters still took to polls on Thursday to finally elect the next president and members of parliament. 

On Tuesday, the government has ordered telecoms companies to suspend access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp. 

The government maintained that giant firms like Facebook and Twitter were being used to oppose the ruling party ahead of the elections. 

This, after campaigns turned out to be violent with killings, raids and arrests by the military and police, citing violations of Covid-19 restrictions. 

Singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, is President Yoweri Museveni’s closest rival. 

Wine had to cut an interview with a radio station short as the military raided his house on Tuesday. Authorities denied the allegations.

In another interview, Wine said of the campaigns, “It has been a very eventful campaign trail, a very brutal period, a very lawless period.”

President Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, is now seeking to extend his term against ten other candidates. 


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