Internet was cut off last night just a day after President Kaguta Museveni told the country that they had disabled social media after Facebook blocked accounts of a number of National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters and influencers. Facebook accused them of using their platform to spread propaganda and influence the Election.
of the public, candidates and civil society organisations have criticized
government for shutting down the internet as the country conducts elections today.
was cut off last night just a day after President Kaguta Museveni told the
country that they had disabled social media after Facebook blocked accounts of
a number of National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters and influencers.
Facebook accused them of using their platform to spread propaganda and
influence the Election.
Malende, the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate for Kampala Woman Member of
Parliament seat has described as panic the act of shutting down the internet by
says the acts of government reveal how scared they are of change and said the
people have cast their ballot to change the situation and do away with such
made the comments after voting at Homisdallen Primary school in Kyebando, a
in; "You know the...
out...back in order."//
had launched a mobile application, the U Vote to use in reporting Election
events, results and keep track of events as they unveil. But
without the internet, the relevance of the all is lost. Malende, who is also one of
the lawyers of the party says they have asked supporters to protect their vote
despite the disruptions.
says the government has made several efforts to frustrate their vote by abducting
agents and confiscating appointment letters of some of their agents but they
still have found Ugandans to volunteer to act as agents.
in; "We have some...
out... vote is over."//
Sebaggala, the incumbent Member of Parliament Kawempe North says it's a shame
for government to frustrate her citizens by shutting down the internet. He
says a number of internet-enabled activities like Mobile Money services are off
which has affected people since they cannot send nor receive money.
in; "Of course I am...
out...to the hospital."//
Mukasa, the Executive Director of Unwanted Witness, a non-government
organisations that seek to promote the rights to and on the internet says it
paints a bad image of the country when the internet is shut down.
unlike the 2016 shutdown where only social media was affected, this year's
the shutdown is very alarming because all the internet service have been cut off
putting the country on a standstill.
She says people's rights have been trampled on, not just because they access the
internet but also because some who use the internet to earn a living cannot
says the Uganda Communications Commission -UCC issued a statement to
communicate the suspension but didn't even say for how long. She is concerned
that people's rights shall continue to be affected. She further says this
affects the credibility of the Election.
in; "People's rights have...
out...be in danger."//
Kiija, The Director of Innovations for
Democratic Engagement and Action (IDEA) says shutting down
internet casts doubt on the motive of government. He says observers cannot
easily send messages and report proceedings of the Election exercise because
they don't have internet.
says anyone interested in the affairs of government should be asking, what they
are hiding. Kiija says the shutdown has affected different sectors but most
immediately affected the credibility of the process.
in; "We expected it...
out: ...are hiding something."//
this week, government disabled social media and many youths immediately ran to
install VPN applications to save the situation as it were in 2016.
the whole internet was disabled since last night, many were left without
access. They say what Government has done is infringe on their rights and bar
them from following the election activities as they unfold in the country.