Uganda Unblocks Internet, Social Media After Election Clampdown


Uganda said it restored full access to the internet and social-media networks after shutting them down on the eve of elections last month, according to Information Minister Peter Ogwang.

President Yoweri Museveni secured a sixth term in the Jan. 14 vote after a campaign that was marred by violence and allegations of numerous irregularities. At least 54 people were killed in protests following the arrest of the main opposition leader, musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine.

The government had clamped down on social-media platforms after Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. announced they’d blocked accounts suspected of belonging to state actors. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, had banked on technology in his bid to unseat Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

“We apologize for the inconveniences caused, but it was for the security of our country,” Ogwang said on his Twitter account.

Wine is challenging the election result with the East African nation’s Supreme Court, citing instances of ballot boxes being stuffed and declaration forms altered.

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