AMERICA’S FACEBOOK BLOCKS HUNDREDS OF MUSEVENI’S SUPPORTERS ACCOUNTS AS NRM GOVERNMENT HITS BACK
Uganda government officials have strongly warned foreign agents that they will not be allowed to destabilize the country and install a puppet government three days to the general elections.
|This follows America’s Facebook owned by Mark Zuckerburg disabling hundreds of President Yoweri Museveni’s and National Resistance Movement supporters . the company has not given reasons for its unilateral decision to block accounts of people who are supporting Gen Museveni to lead Uganda for another term . |
Given the scientific nature of this year ‘s elections millions of Ugandans have taken on Facebook and other Social and new media platforms to campaign for their respective candidates . the social media has also been awash with fake news as political opponents try to out do each other .
Others who have been affected include a once Bobi Wine’s blogger turned NRM supporter Ashburg Kato who has since been told, “if you think your account was disabled by mistake you can submit more information before 30 days elapse from when your account was disabled.”
President Museveni ‘s Press Secretary , Don Wanyama said the Facebook move to block accounts belonging to Museveni and the NRM Party supporters was the work of “ foreign forces” that are working day and night to oust the three-decade President Museveni.
“Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of @NRMOnline supporters. You can take away your platforms, you won’t take away @KagutaMuseveni votes.#IWillVoteM7#SecuringYourFuture,” Don Wanyama (@nyamadon) tweeted on January 9, 2021.
Duncan Abigaba the Deputy Head, Government Citizen Interaction Centre for citizens under the Ministry of ICT whose account was also blocked said pro-government supporters’ accounts were disabled on the basis of political disagreements.
“Hello @Facebook , you have blocked thousands of pro Government accounts in Uganda. Just to let you know that Uganda will hold a general election on 14th January, 2020. Perhaps these accounts were reported on the basis of political disagreements. Kindly look into this,” Duncan Abigaba (@DuncanAbigaba) stated . Museveni’s main opponent Robert Kyagulanyi’s supporters mainly from the diaspora have been very vocal on social media as they promote their candidate.
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