The United States has condemned the government of Uganda’s act to shut down social media as the country heads for general elections this Thursday 14th January.
“We are concerned by reports that the government of Uganda has ordered Internet service providers to block social media platforms, messaging apps and select content in the runup to general elections,” said Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for human rights in the run-up to the presidential election noting that such restrictions undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Uganda ordered a shutdown of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp ahead of Thursday’s vote in which Uganda chooses the next President.
However, the statement comes amid controversy inside the United States where Twitter and Facebook have banned President Donald Trump for inciting a mob to ransack the US Capitol over his election.