Just hours after Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame signed a memorandum of understanding in Luanda, Angola to end the recent differences between Uganda and Rwanda.
Uganda communications regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has blocked access to Rwanda’s The New Times website in Uganda for peddling propaganda harmful to national security.
UCC Spokesperson Ibrahim Bbosa said UCC directed “internet service providers to block The New Times for publishing harmful propaganda that endangers national security.”
The UCC spokesperson further revealed that the suspension is not permanent as the commission is engaged in communication with the regulator in Rwanda in the interest of the regional regulatory understanding.
“We are engaging the regulator in Rwanda and hope this will be temporary,” Bbosa said.
Currently, an attempt to visit the newspaper’s website from Uganda draws an error message and can only be accessed via VPN.
“As President Museveni was in Luanda committing to improved relations, our reporter spoke to Uganda’s regulator who announced the blocking of Rwandan news websites, including The New Times Rwanda. How genuine was his signature?” Rwanda’s The New Times tweeted.
Among Other websites whose access has been blocked in Uganda include Rushyashya, Virunga Post, Igihe and so on.