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Limited access to Facebook will not affect important things in Uganda – President Museveni.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhabura (Courtesy Photo)

President Museveni said the limitation of access to Facebook will not affect the most important things from happening in Uganda.

President Museveni who had met with the youth who were part of the group that campaigned for him and NRM using Social media platforms made this remark.

The youth led by Duncan Abigaba, the deputy director of the Government Citizens Interaction Centre (GCIC), and Mathew Bogonza paid a visit to the president at astate House Entebbe on Saturday.

While Speaking to the president, Abagaba complained about his Facebook account being deleted and the way he was treated unfairly.

“As a victim I was treated unfairly after my Facebook account was deleted and also accounts of other government officials that campaigned for NRM.” Abigaba stated.

Abigaba requested the president to look into the possibility of appointing someone to cater for digital diplomacy for the country.

“Some countries have already done this, we need someone who will handle diplomatic diplomacy on our behalf,” he said.

“Mr President, these youth were deleted off Facebook without hearing, they cannot get back their accounts, even when they try opening new ones, they are deleted immediately,” Mathew Bagonza told the President.

Responding to the group, President Museveni asked the youth whether anything substantial had changed in their lives since losing the accounts.

“Ever since Facebook went, have you heard of any shortage of sugar in town? Do you not have clothes? Facebook will talk but we shall move, they are not God,” Museveni said.

“Recently, I heard people come here for the first time, they were from USA. When they reached, they asked me, where is war? I answered which war? They told me that they had seen on Facebook that there is war in Uganda. Therefore, for such things, Facebook will fail.”

He castigated the tech giants for acting with bias to the NRM and its supporters.

“They deleted our people’s accounts under the guise, but we can see the bias and the discrimination standards they used. You cannot say that these were doing wrong but what about the other group that have been spreading all forms of wrong information and inciting our people?”

“This is the reason why in some countries they are not allowed. Do they operate in China? Anyway, what I heard is that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. I never heard that Facebook fits in same category,” Museveni said

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