The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) spokesperson Ibrahim Bbosa has come out and explained the slowed internet allover Uganda where some Ugandans blamed the government for slowing it with the intention of totally removing it ahead of the Thursday January 14 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Bbosa said that the slow internet could be a result of too much traffic online because many people around the world are interested in the elections. Bbosa says that so far there is no directive to remove the internet ahead of the elections. “There is no such directive to switch off the internet during elections. If there are instances of misuse, the means of communication may be restricted. As we speak, we are watching the ecosystem,” says Bbosa.
However, he hopes that Uganda does not reach a situation where the state is forced to block the internet during elections. He urges Ugandans not to misuse there social media to misinform the public. “Not everything you see on social media is correct. Where there are security concerns on disinformation and misinformation, there may be measures. When it comes to results, remember it is only the EC responsible for final results. Traditional media can then deliver,” he says