Ugandans go to the polls in social media blackout
– In the capital Kampala, hundreds of military officers have been deployed to the deserted streets of the city as Museveni warns the troublemakers will be dealt with
– Police helicopters also hovered over the city as the state showed its might in the face of increasing cases of police brutality
– Landlocked country hit by internet shutdown on election day as voting began
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On Thursday, January 14, Ugandan voters marched to polling stations to elect their leaders in a hotly contested general election amid a social media blackout.
In the presidential election, the musician turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, will try to overthrow long-time President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986 and running for a sixth term.
Strong military presence
In the capital Kampala, hundreds of military officers were deployed to the deserted streets of the city as Museveni warned the troublemakers would be dealt with, The Guardian reported.
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Police helicopters also hovered over the city as the state showed its might amid growing cases of police brutality against members of the opposition.
Two days ago, Museveni’s regime ordered all social media platforms to be blocked in the landlocked country until further notice.
“The Uganda Communications Commission orders you to immediately suspend all access and use, direct or otherwise, of all social media platforms and online messaging applications on your network until further notice,” a letter from the regulator said. Communication.
TUKO.co.ke understood the ban was suspected of retaliation after social media giant Facebook blocked some pro-government accounts on alleged misinformation on the platform.
The network, founded by Mark Zuckerberg on January 9, 2020, closed the accounts of several people in Uganda for participating in what it called inauthentic behavior.
Daily monitor reported that the country was hit by the shutdown of the internet on election day after the communications committee ordered providers to shut down services when voting began.
In this, Ugandans could not access the internet by any means after all providers were ordered to temporarily discontinue its services.
Ten presidential candidates seek to overthrow the leader of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) who has ruled Uganda for 34 years.
In addition to the main contenders, other candidates are retired military personnel Henri tumukunde, John Katumba, 24, Nancy Linda Kalembe (the only candidate), former army commander Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta Kiiza, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Fred Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala.
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