Government has finally restored internet and social media services after a full month of shut down.
On Monday, January 18, 2021, the internet was restored in pieces, because social media sites remained blocked as the government sought to limit discussions of the general election results have gone on to be highly contested.
This has had implications. First, authorities reportedly said it was illegal to use social media and sought to find ways of blocking VPNs but their efforts were fruitless.
Today, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Information, Communication Technology, and National Guidance has announced that internet has been fully restored and Ugandans are free to access all sites that had been previously blocked.
He however, he called on social media users to use it constructively.
“Internet and social media services have been fully restored. We apologize for the inconveniences caused, but it was for the security of our country. Let us be constructive, not destructive consumers/users of social media,” Ogwang tweeted today.
On February 13, 2020, President Yoweri Museveni ordered for shut down of all social media platforms a few days after Google had erased facebook accounts and pages of his campaign propagandists and barely two days to the general elections.
Since then, Ugandans have been accessing social media platforms through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).