The Government of the republic of Uganda is currently in round table talks with the US based tech giant Facebook over the ongoing fall out that saw president Museveni institute a ban in his country’s spheres.
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Peter Ogwang, the state minister for information confirmed this morning that the engagements are indeed ongoing.
“We are discussing with the Facebook people here in Uganda and Kenya to see how we can resolve on this once and for all” Ogwang told journalists this morning. “We will be sharing with you what shall come out but for now there’s nothing much I can say,” he adds.
This comes after the Ugandan government had threatened to formulate its own communications application equal ro Facebook. In a communication issued the preceding week, Uganda threatened to create its own version of ‘Facebook’, something that left everyone puzzled.
It should be recalled that the Facebook fall out with the Ugandan government was triggered after the tech giant noticed that officials and ministers were syndicating to collude and manipulate ‘public opinion’ on the January general elections. Government officials are said to have operated a multiplicity of accounts and pages where they shared similar information that was deemed and flaggd as false by Facebook which persistently cautioned that they would retaliate if their community standards continue to be breached. Consequently, a ban was slapped on several pages prompting president Museveni to retaliate with a ban on the tech giant. On the contrary however, government officials and departments have continued to access Facebook services via the virtual private network.