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11 Jan 2021

David Vosh Ajuna, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

Uganda: Facebook allegedly disables accounts violating community standards ahead of presidential election

"Pro-govt Facebook accounts in Uganda claim blocking"

Owners of over 50 Facebook accounts, aligned with the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] January 09, claimed blocking with some pages permanently unpublished or deleted on Facebook, a social networking application. “Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of NRM supporters. You won’t take away President Kaguta Museveni,” senior Presidential press secretary Don Wanyama remarked...

Notable deleted pages among others are those of NRM members, presidential adviser Jennifer Nakangubi aka Full Figure, socialite Ismah Olaxess and events promoter Bajjo. Although they claim their accounts were taken down for touting anti-Bobi Wine sentiments, a section of the public writes it off as a last minute stunt ahead of the January 14 presidential election. Some apolitical Ugandans also said they had no access to their Facebook accounts after they had been ‘anonymously’ pulled down overnight. “I woke up and used my Facebook account at around 3am. The next attempt I made after 7am was futile," Vuga told Daily Monitor adding on that, "I have not been using my account for political activities or motives."