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PROTEST AGAINST INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN IN DISPUTED UGANDAN ELECTIONS
The Protest Details: DATE: FRIDAY 22 JANUARY TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: FROM JIVANJEE NAIROBI CBD GARDENS THROUGH TO THE UGANDAN HIGH
COMMISSION IN RIVERSIDE.
As provided for in article 37 of the Kenyan Constitution, our main objective is to voice our
displeasure with Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Ugandan State for the recently held elections who were:
● ELECTIONS THAT WERE NOT FREE OR FAIR
● SWITCHING OFF THE INTERNET AND BLOCKING ACCESS TO SOCIAL MEDIA
● NUP party leader ROBERT KYAGULANYI’s stolen lead in the Ugandan elections.
● UNLAWFUL FORCED DETENTION OF ROBERT KYAGULANYI AT HIS HOME.
FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS:
Long-term leader Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a January 14 presidential election, securing
58.6% of the vote and a sixth term after 35 years in power. Bobi Wine has rejected these results and
stated that this is the most fraudulent election in the history of Uganda.
The vote followed Uganda’s worst pre-election violence since Museveni first took office. Bobi Wine and
other opposition candidates were often beaten or harassed, and more than 50 people were killed when
security forces put down riots in November over Wine’s arrest.
INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA SHUTDOWN:
Forty-eight hours before Ugandan voters went to the polls the country’s Communications Commission
(UCC) imposed a social media blackout. the shutdown affected not only popular social media sites such as
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber, but more than 100 virtual private networks (VPN) which
people were using to circumvent restrictions.
Uganda Communications Commission had ordered telecoms companies to suspend internet access
altogether the evening before the January 14 election.
UNLAWFUL DETENTION:
Presidential candidate Bobi Wine tweeted that he is “under siege” and that the military entered his home.
Bobi Wine has tried to leave his compound and is being blocked by the military. This forced house arrest is
yet another form of intimidation. He has been unable to meet with his lawyers or members of the media
to see him. In Addition, the headquarters of National Unity Platform (NUP) in Kampala was also placed
under police guard. We believe that Bobi Wine’s Human rights are being violated. Bob Wine tweeted on
Wednesday: “Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this complaint on my behalf to the UN
Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest. We are challenging my continued illegal confinement by the Ugandan
police and the military,”
(WHATS’ your organization about):
Anthony Muraya an individual activist together with Allan Kaweireku a Ugandan of the National Unity
Platform Party Nairobi. We are a collective of young & dynamic Ugandans living, working in Kenya along
with others on short stay & exile are yearning for democratic change in their Motherland.
Kind Regards
MEDIA CONTACT
Anthony Muraya+254 711 611 112
anthonyjohn[email protected]
@AnthonyJMuraya

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