A host of accounts linked to Uganda’s President Museveni’s ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM has been banned by Facebook by Uganda. Facebook’s head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo was quoted by news agency AFP thus: “This month, we removed a network of accounts and pages in Uganda that engaged in CIB (Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour) to target public debate ahead of the election,”.
The Ugandan government has expressed its displeasure at this action by Facebook and called it an interference in country’s electoral process. Presidential spokesman Don Wanyama was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that Facebook’s action was evidence of what Ugandan authorities see as outside support of Bobi Wine, the leading opposition candidate in presidential elections scheduled for Thursday.
“Facebook is interfering in the electoral process of Uganda,” he said. “If people wanted to have the evidence of outside interference, now they have it.”
General elections will be held in Uganda on 14 January 2021 to elect the President and the Parliament. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, is seeking re-election.