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Social media to be shut down in Uganda ahead of January 14 election

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Social Media will be shut down in Uganda ahead of the much awaited January 14 parliamentary and Presidential election.

The run-up to the election has been marred by tension and violence.

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After 35 years in power, President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is being strongly challenged by music star Bobi Wine, who is 38 and draws much of his support from young people.

Bobi Wine has been detained periodically, and dozens of opposition protesters have been killed.

Yoweri Museveni and Bobi Wine.

Campaigning has been banned in the capital, Kampala, and several other districts. The opposition says this is because it is popular in those areas, but the government says the measure is due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A pop star-turned-politician, Bobi is seen by many as the new face of Uganda’s politics and viewed as a major threat to Museveni who has been in power since 1986.

Kyagulanyi who joined politics five years ago after being elected in a by-election in Kyadondo East constituency, has tremendously grown his support base across the landlocked East African nation.

The reason behind shutting down social media by Uganda’s regulator remains unknown.

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