US condemns Museveni for shutting down social media


The US embassy in Kampala has issued a statement condemning government for closing down social media.

This is happening the second time in a space of months.

It was first put off in February during the 2016 Presidential elections.

US came out strongly and pressurised government to restore the platforms including mobile money.

On Wednesday, government put off the platforms again claiming opposition was plotting to ruin President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.

It also came after opposition leader Kizza Besigye reportedly took oath in Kampala as the “new president of the republic”.

The social media blackout will persist until Thursday evening at the close of Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.

The US embassy in a statement sad it hopes during President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration this week, government of Uganda will commit itself to defend the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

“Especially important during this time will be respect for the freedoms of information, expression and assembly.


“We are reminded of government’s decision to shut down social media during February elections, recent ban on media coverage of political opposition,” the statement said.

The embassy noted that as before, such acts send the wrong message to the Ugandan people and are violations of their rights, as guaranteed in the country’s laws and constitution.

The embassy said a society that is free, vibrant and successful depends on free flow of information and ideas, including access to information online and through free and independent press.

“We expect Ugandan authorities to uphold these principles.”

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