Uganda – General Elections and Internet Shutdown
The General elections were held in Uganda on 14th January 2021 to elect the Parliament and the President. President Yoweri Museveni, who has been ruling the country since 1986, has been re-elected with 58.67% of the vote for a sixth term despite widespread allegations of fraud and intimidation.
Uganda had imposed a nationwide internet black-out on the eve of elections. A key tactic in curtailing the opposition has been to control Ugandans’ access to the internet, blocking of all social media and messaging softwares like WhatsApp along with countrywide internet block-outs.
Thanks to Museveni’s control over traditional media in the country, Wine has relied on online platforms to get his message out, so the ban on Facebook and Twitter affected him far more than the President or NRM candidates.
Netblocks- an internet freedom monitor said such a black-out could have already cost Ugandan economy the loss of around 9 million dollars.