News reaching Yolo Magazine newsroom indicate that the government has restored internet and social media services in Uganda.
Referring to a statement released by State Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Peter Ogwang, Ugandan government takes it upon itself to apologized for the inconveniences the blockade had inflicted but said that this was for the good of national peace and security.
“Internet and social media services have been fully restored. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, but it was for the security of our country. Let’s be constructive, not destructive consumers/users of social media,” relayed minister Peter Ogwang.
Almost all Social media platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube and Facebook have been blocked in the country since 12 January 2020, following the 2021 national elections.
It was therefore on the next day that the country went into a total internet lockdown on 13 January 2021. However, the internet was restored after the elections and still social media platforms remained blocked in Uganda.
However, several Ugandans including cabinet ministers continued using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to allow them access to their shutdown social media platforms.