The minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odongo, has said that social media platforms in Uganda will remain blocked until they are no longer a threat to national security.Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp were blocked in Uganda ahead of January 14th presidential election.
In a security press briefing held on Wednesday, Odongo said that the platforms will remain blocked until the government completes its investigations into the use of social media.“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,” Odongo said.Odongo urged foreigners in Uganda to feel at home, saying that Uganda is not at war and no one will harm them.“Our friends from outside, as always you’re welcome. Uganda is a peaceful country as it has always been, it will also be so,” Odongo said.
We are not letting our guard down
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Okoth Ochola said that the security that was deployed to ensure calm on the streets of Kampala and other several urban downs will remain conducting random patrols to ensure peace.“This election will go down as the most peaceful in the history of this country. We managed to defeat the expected violence and this is not a time to let our guard down. We will maintain presence on the streets,” Ochola said.In regards to the circulating videos, showing acts of ballot staffing and vote rigging, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that these are being investigated and a report will be issued soon.