Government Finally Restores Internet After 4-Day Blackout In Uganda

The best news this week for many Ugandans is that the internet is back on after a four-day blackout. Now Ugandans are able to use the internet again although social media platforms are still blocked.

On 13th January, the internet was totally shut down in Uganda with just an hour remaining to the presidential and general elections.

Local service providers were reportedly ordered by the government to disable internet services and Ugandans weren’t able to access any internet services till today morning.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni confirmed the blockage in his address on January 12th as he cited foul play by Facebook and Twitter whom he accuses of deleting several pro-NRM social media accounts.

President Museveni

Even now, just a few online platforms can be accessed normally as social media sites are still blocked. Ugandans have resorted to using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to be able to access social media and communicate.

Security sources also say it was necessary to shut down the internet as a security measure to curb violence and stop wrong elements planning to burn down the internet through violent demonstrations.

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