By Mable Nakibuuka
The cyberwar raging on between the government of Uganda and former presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has taken an ugly twist after state operatives allegedly hacked his social media pages on Friday night.
Latest news from Bobi Wine’s camp is that the operatives have since hacked his Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts associated with NUP, in a bid to circulate malicious content thereon.
“The attack now is on our social media pages. Regime operatives have hacked and made attempts to hack all of them,” Bobi Wine tweeted Saturday morning.
He added that; “Currently our official Facebook and Twitter pages are compromised. As we try to regain full control of them, please disregard any propaganda that may be posted there.”
It should be noted that prior to the January 14th presidential election, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to switch off the internet and block social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and others.
Shortly after the elections and the Electoral Commission announcing Museveni as the winner, the government switched the internet back on, but social media has since remained blocked, although most government officials make public communications using social media platforms.
The government directive came after the proprietors of Facebook rejected a state request to switch off several pages that were being run by Bobi Wine supporters and NUP sympathisers.
Following Facebook’s refusal to block all pages and online TV stations that were promoting Bobi Wine’s presidential ambitions, state ICT operatives went ahead to hack and delete many of the Facebook media outlets that were promoting the NUP agenda.
The move resulted in Facebook deleting and or blocking all National Resistance Movement (NRM) social media platforms, including Twitter.