After diving in the dark and in the silence In the days leading up to the Ugandan elections Celebrate the return of the internet since January 19th. On the other hand, social networks are still not accessible in the country. Restrictions imposed on the spot by the dictator Yoweri Museveni, who just won his sixth term with 58.6% of the vote, has been in Uganda for 35 years.
Uganda still does not allow access to social media
After Uganda blocked access to pornographic websites in 2018, it decided to block all internet access before the elections, which were held on January 14th. A measure that has separated millions of Ugandans from each other and from the rest of the world. Yoweri Museveni was obviously behind this plan. According to the government, Yoweri Museveni would have won 58.6% of the vote and Bobi Wine would have received 34% of the vote.
He saw one Opportunity to weaken his opponent Bobi Wine during the campaign. Opposition party spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi accused Yoweri Museveni of closing the internet to prevent his party from sharing evidence of the fraud. He indicates that the members of his party collect evidence of irregularities.
The Ugandans have had access to the Internet again for several hours. However, you cannot Still don’t use social networks that still seem blocked. Joel Ssenyonyi said: “Yoweri Museveni and his troops do not want our work to be broadcast on social media because they know we are collecting evidence to show the world how the Ugandan president is a fraud.”.
Bobi Wine still can’t speak
According to Dr. Alexi Drew, a researcher at King’s College: “What happens in Uganda becomes the standard in the operating instructions of the authoritarian regime. We saw it in Egypt, India, and now we are seeing it at the same time in Ethiopia, which is billed as a police action and as a disruption in public political communication in Uganda elections. “. African countries seem I use this practice more and more which completely violates the freedom of expression of the peoples.
Under Ugandan law, opponents have 15 days after the winner is announced to challenge the results in the Supreme Court. For now, Soldiers block the house of Bobi Wine and his followers fear he won’t be able to get off before the legal deadline set for the challenge. Police officials said the move is aimed at preventing the politician from inciting Ugandans to violence.
Several sources claim Yoweri Museveni decided to block the internet in Uganda after they were “irritated” by a Facebook decision. The social network had decided to delete several accounts linked to the ruling party. The President said this: “It is impossible for anyone to come here to play with our country and decide who is good and who is bad.”.