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Uganda Switched Back Online

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On Monday afternoon, Ugandans gradually started getting back online after the government switched on the Internet although, no announcement was made to officially lift the ban.

Leading media houses in Uganda became active again after days of internet blackout.

Their social media accounts are providing updates of election events from the time internet was cut off until ban was lifted today (Monday January 18).

Daily Monitor a leading critical media house in Uganda reported that Fintechs in the country were losing a total of shs 666 billion daily owing to Internet shutdown by government.

“More than 300 million transactions, which are estimated to be worth Shs 666 billion, are conducted through Fintechs system on a daily basis,” the Daily monitor asserted.

More details are being churned out about the Uganda Elections on January 14th.

For example, Members of Parliament aligned to the ruling party (National Resistance Movement) have miserably lost the polls to the opposition National Unity Platform headed by Robert Kyagulanyi making it so far the largest opposition party.

“We didn’t set out in this journey to become the biggest Opposition party in Uganda, we set out to see a change of leadership in Uganda, that goal hasn’t been achieved yet,” said Joel Ssenyonyi  the NUP Spokesperson and Nakawa West MP Elect.

Ssenyonyi has been the face of the NUP during the rough campaign process. He at some point was beaten and his trousers torn and left limping on clutches.

The government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa will also not be part of parliament in the next term after she was beaten at the polls by NUP’s Christine Kaaya in the race for Kiboga Woman MP.

A state aided publication, The New Vision reported via its online platforms on Monday afternoon that, “curtains came down on the hotly contested parliamentary election on Friday, bringing with them a considerable number of new faces that floored incumbents, who include ministers.”

On Monday, a Joint Military and Police team updated the media on the security system while on the other side, Police raided the opposition offices.

According to NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, “heavily armed security personnel have this afternoon raided the party offices in Kamwokya, Kampala. Kyagulanyi adds that no one is for now allowed to enter or even come out.”

The opposition accuses the Electoral commission of presiding over and aiding massive fraud of the election.

For example in the results provided, the Electoral Commission excluded results from over 1,200 polling stations according to Daily Monitor publication tweet on Monday afternoon.

The United States whose Kampala embassy team was denied participation in Election observation, has demanded for an audit of the election results, “Voting and result tallying happened in largely Information black-hole after the state shut down the internet.”