The Minister of Internal Affairs in Uganda has said that government’s ban on use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram among others will continue until they are no longer a threat to national security.
The platforms that are used across the globe were blocked in Uganda on January 13th, 2021 ahead of the General Elections and have been off since then.
Security Officials alleged that individuals in the opposition had planned to use these sites to incite violence and coordinate plans to destabilize the peace and security of the country.
The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) ordered telecom companies as well as all other Internet Service Providers to switch off internet services in the country on January 13th, 2021, just a day to the polling day.
The country was in the dark for five days as the internet was switched off for almost a week during and after the election day on January 14th. It was later turned back on after five days, on January 18th, 2021 but social media platforms remained inaccessible.
Three weeks later, they are yet to be turned on but that could be a while as Minister of Internal Affairs said they will remain off until they prove not to be a threat to national security.
“Subsequently, we will say we have assessed and they are no longer a threat and we shall unblock them so that you continue to enjoy your peace,”Gen. Jeje Odongo
Well, we hope that happens soon because one thing is for sure, a big proportion of the population relies on these platforms to make ends meet.