As Uganda heads to the polls slated for January 14, 2021, the incumbent regime has tightened the nuts on the information flow which has been one of the most vulnerable areas that have been exposing its rot to the rest of the world. About a few days back, highly respectable news agencies around the world fell prey to Museveni’s narrative that the Ugandan opposition has been spreading false news. One site even wrote an imbalanced story showing that the Ugandan opposition was to blame for the state sanctioned violence that left over 54 people dead and dozens injured critically in the bloodly scuffles with armed security forces.
The article was probably wrote and released to clear Museveni’s tainted image internationally and also justify his violence on the innocent citizens who were exercising their constitutional liberty to a peaceful protest. This conspiracy with foreign news agencies is part of the agenda to restrict and censor rising news sites and online citizen reporting which has been pivotal at exposing the brutality of the regime. Lately in November, the regulative communications body dubbed UCC passed an injunction ordering that all online bloggers and citizen journalists with mass online following to register their blogs and get licences to operate, a move that was to restrain the online dominance of NUP presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. Canadian journalists were also slapped with a deportation for giving ample coverage to NUP presidential candidate Bobi Wine.
Many sites releasing credible information about Ugandan politics have all backed out of the venture in fear of censorship and regime brutality. The crackdown on local and foreign journalists has intensified and in fact, there is a law coming up that is to ask all pressmen to register with a pro-government licensing press authority before going to the field to cover campaigns. Facebook pages and all online sites like Ekyooto, Ghetto TV, Map Media among others granting coverage to Bobi Wine have all been hacked and deleted by regime It gurus.
Respected sites are now in conspiracy with the sitting regime to peddle a narrative that Ugandan opposition is relying on ‘propaganda’ and negative publicity to sell a bad image of the country. A recent article titled ‘Uganda Election: False claims about Joe Biden and others’ authored by one of the most reputable media houses on the continent rhymes with our aforesaid conspiracy as it tends to conceal the unknown factors that triggered the November election violence. It rhymes with Museveni’s reiterations that Bobi Wine is to blame for all the deaths that occured last month.