Internet access in Uganda is gradually being restored.
UGANDA Government has restored internet following a country wide blackout since 14th January when the country went to polls.This comes after roughly 4 days of a complete internet shutdown.
Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda yesterday appearing on a local television said the government kept the country offline due to security threats and that they were mitigating several factors to restore the internet.
Government spokesperson said the decision to block the internet was informed by fear that certain individuals could spread hate and propaganda
The executive director Ofwono Opondo said the decision to block the internet was informed by fear that certain individuals could abuse social media to spread hate and propaganda.
Speaking to NTV Uganda soon after the electoral commission announced presidential results on Saturday, January 16, Opondo assured the public that the internet will be restored on Monday.
“Misuse and wanton abuse of social media was rife. It would have caused discontent, spreading malicious and false news either about polling or the candidates. The result of which would be inciting violence. We are glad that we took that measure,” he explained