The government has finally restored back the internet and social media services in Uganda after nearly a month of total social media blackout.
According to State Minister for ICT Peter Ogwang, the government has also apologized for the inconveniences the blockade had caused but said that this was for the good of the country’s security.
“Internet and social media services have been fully restored. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, but it was for the security of our country. Let’s be constructive, not destructive consumers/users of social media,” minister Ogwang said.
It should be noted that social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube have been blocked in the country since January 12, 2020, as the country geared up for the 2021 general elections.
A few days before presidential elections, the country went into a total internet shutdown on January 13th, 2021 and although the internet was restored after the elections, social media platforms remained blocked in the country.
The shutdown of the internet services forced few Ugandans, including the government officials to access social media platforms using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).