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Government Switches Off Social Media Again

Ugandan authorities on Wednesday evening turned off social media to stem what an official said was a “dangerous flow of hate message and calls for violence” ahead of President Museveni’s inauguration tomorrow.

This is not the first time social media platforms are being shut down in Uganda.

On the eve of the February 18 elections, case http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/inc/custom-header.php WhatsApp, check Facebook and Twitter were disconnected to prevent what government said was the spread of hate content on the forums.

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“We are switching off social media today, ampoule ” said a highly placed source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

According to some of the internet proverbs in the country, a directive was issued to them to day to have the social media sites switched off .

“We regret to inform you that we have been instructed by our Regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to disable all Social Media support with immediate effect until tomorrow, Thursday 6:00pm for security reasons,” a statement from Roke Telecon read in part .

“Please do bear with us during this period as we comply with this temporary directive.”

On Wednesday, a video of opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye swearing-in went viral on internet.

Besigye maintains he obtained 52 percent of the February election results.

The Uganda Supreme Court confirmed Museveni’s election, dismissing the petition challenging his election.

Heads of State including Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Edward Lungu of Zambia have since arrived ahead of the ceremony.


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