By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
The President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has finally relented on the stringent directives he issued in the country on the usage of internet and social media prior to and throughout the election period.
ExposedUganda has learnt that President Museveni has since directed the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to restore the usage of Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms but under close supervision.
The revelation was made Wednesday by the state minister for ICT Peter Ogwang at a press conference, during which he noted that Ugandans will once again be allowed to freely use Facebook and YouTube only if they do so within the limits of the law.
“Internet and Social media services have been fully restored. We apologize for the inconveniences caused, but it was for the security of our country. Let’s be constructive, NOT destructive consumers/users of social media. @UCC_Official @UgandaMediaCent @MoICT_Ug,” Minister Ogwang tweeted
“We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused but Ugandans but let’s be constructive, not destructive consumers/users of social media,” the Minister advised.”
The restoring of social media however comes at a time when many Ugandans had resorted to using VPN to access Facebook and YouTube, thereby making the government incur losses in unpaid OTT taxes.