Uganda's massively social media-addictive population today morning woke up to the realisation that they could not access or post updates on facebook, twitter, whatsapp sites among others.

Users especially those using Internet Service Providers (ISPs); MTN, Utl, Smile, Airtel etc were blocked from accessing the social media sites but some users on Africell and Vodafone said they had uninterrupted service. 

On instructions of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the ISPs were yesterday directed to block social media and mobile money services for at least 24 hours arguing that they wanted to minimise sharing of information that would incite violence among the population.

UCC has said the services will be restored after ‘assessing the security situation’. However some Ugandans have circumvented around the blockage and are accessing the social media site via the virtual private networks (VPN).

UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi said they were instructed by the Electoral Commission to shut down social media and mobile services because candidates were alledgedly using them to campaign and also bribe voters.

Mutabazi says the services will be restored upon instructions from the Electoral Communication. But earlier EC had denied being behind the blockage saying they "don't manage internet communications"

Internet connectivity has also been high interrupted with unusual slow speed experienced by users.

Comments

+7 #1 Betty Long Cap 2016-02-18 13:23
New technology requires new means to sabotage election day. Sole Candidate is proving himself to be a visionary man for all seasons with his NO TWEET zone.
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+7 #2 Ensi eno! 2016-02-18 13:26
Panicky NRMO behind this saga! With or without social media, they have to go!!!

Were there smart phones or social media in 1980?? Didn't change happen then??
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+8 #3 Ainembabazi 2016-02-18 15:11
Riggery of this kind will not help whatsoever to avert change. You can keep your wet dreams to yourself.
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+4 #4 tdk 2016-02-18 15:32
Social media platforms are blocked and you call this a democracy? Break the chains of of servitude February 18th, send this pensioner back home to retire, look after his cattle, spend more time with his grand kids and wife he's tired physically, mentally and emotionally.

Don't you see people of uganda M7 is ruling you with contempt & utter ruthlessness, he sees y'all as primitive sub-humans , savages that need to be ruled into submission, no wonder besigye opted to run a campaign of defiance.
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+3 #5 Ebooo 2016-02-18 16:00
Download tunnelbear vpn to bypass the govt Internet blockade
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+2 #6 okc 2016-02-18 16:02
For those who want to use facebook, twitter and youtube, use an open proxy....there a thousands around the globe!..just edit proxy settings on your browser and you will have access to these blocked sites....
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+5 #7 Remase 2016-02-18 16:08
Fellow Ugandans, there you have it. How could one say that the elections are free and fare in the face of abuse of freedom of speech?
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+5 #8 Remase 2016-02-18 16:26
Observer, please try to keep us abreast about the delays and other vote rigging that is going on. The y delays are designed to deny Ugandans their right to vote. Please keep us abreast of all those whose cant find their names on the register. It is really a design that Ugandans are denied to vote in all ways and forms!!
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+8 #9 Ainembabazi 2016-02-18 17:19
This is open riggery, nothing more.
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+8 #10 mabirizi 2016-02-18 17:26
Hmm!!!,last kicks of a dying horse.
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+4 #11 Mutaka Muhamad 2016-02-18 18:00
For these years I have been blinded to think that I have freedom of expression, but after what was has happened today I am convinced that we are seriously in a dictatorial regime.
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+5 #12 Phalanch 2016-02-18 18:01
Fellow Ugandans today is the moment to put our hands on Arch of history and bend it once more towards a better future . Uganda is in for a Change.
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+5 #13 Phalanch 2016-02-18 18:24
The clock is ticking the final hours of a dictator . Uganda Oyeeeeee .
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+1 #14 webeshixty 2016-02-18 22:26
The bushman has lived up to his dreams of mugging the polls to avoid having to answer for his crimes against humanity.

Why kill innocent children who have nothing to do with his scheme of mugging Ugandan economy? Would he be very pleased if Ugandans gave his grandchildren a grenade as a gift for easter eggs?

Covering one's eyes not to see defeat is foolish false economy, we will still hold him accountable to crimes against humanity without bookfase & tewtter.

I think Dither, Miaow, Baba Mia, Bombe & Fizzles are aware Stealing of polls and having a smooth run of swindling funds goes against legitimacy to ruin our lives. Out of State house in whatever form will be in order post 20'th Feb!
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-2 #15 Nakasero 2016-02-18 23:14
NEERA , NEERA. NEERA. MAJORITY OF UGANDA DO VOTE MUSEVENI ONLY!! THANKS!!!!

NRM FORWARD TO VICTORY!!!! UGANDA OYEEEEE!!!MUSEV ENI OYEEEE!!
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0 #16 sn 2016-02-19 03:38
It is going to be bloody because the Ivory Coast scenario is coming!!

We should not have wasted time going for the vote.We are back to 1980/1981 combined.
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0 #17 Betty Long Cap 2016-02-19 06:36
Quoting sn:
We should not have wasted time going for the vote.We are back to 1980/1981 combined.


Wrong, sn. Election day exposed so many irregularities to the world that Uganda forfeited any claim to being a democracy but in fact is a kleptocracy.
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0 #18 anderu 2016-02-19 18:04
ask for blocking software
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