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Six Days After,Uganda Restores Internet Access

The Government of Uganda has switched on the country’s internet services, six days after it was shut down.

Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, confirmed the development saying the internet was switched on after data collected indicated that there would be no violence.

The country turned off internet access about 48 hours to its presidential election which held on January 14.

The Ugandan authorities had ordered telecommunications companies to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms.

Opondo said the internet was shut down in the best interest of the country.

He said government took such steps because people wanted to spread messages of violence polls.

“Internet was switched off because people wanted to spread messages of hate and violence, as well as discredit the integrity of our elections,” he said.

“We think now people have come to terms with the results. However, we remain on alert.

“Whatever was done was done for the good of the country. The opposition was affected and the ruling party was also affected. Even the general public was affected.”

Although the internet is now on, social media access remains blocked.

This development is coming two days after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni was reelected President for the sixth consecutive time.

Museveni polled 5.85 million votes to defeat Bobi Wine, main opposition candidate, who secured 3.48 million.

Museveni has so far spent 35 years as president of the East African country. He was first elected in 1986.


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