I just read that access to social networks like Facebook and Twitter may be blocked again as Ugandans swear in Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (again) tomorrow. But that’s not all. TechJaja reports that Mobile Money, and possibly ALL internet access may be shut off this time around. We remember that Ugandans by-passed social media restrictions using VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) during the #Ugandadecides elections back in February, and eventually made the government’s censorship attempts trend on Twitter.

This time around, ISPs have been asked to shut off all internet access and even phone calls if things get “out of hand”. Why would things get out of hand if he’s already “won the elections”, you ask? Well…it may have something to do with the fact that the opposition candidate, Kiiza Besigye shot a mock video of himself getting sworn-in as President, and it’s already doing rounds in the Ugandan internets. LOL.

Clearly, the Ugandan government doesn’t want this video to get very popular because Museveni’s butt is glued to the Presidential seat. Welp. Sources tell us that the blockage will commence at 6pm and will continue throughout the swearing in. We’ll update the story as we get more information.

Hat tip to Eric Mugendi for the heads up.

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Update: Airtel and MTN Uganda recently sent out the following tweets.

Surely, they must see the irony in announcing a social media block…on Social Media?

Osarumen Osamuyi Author

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