Having shut down Internet access in the heat of the country’s presidential election, the Ugandan government has lifted the ban.
The government had on January 14 blocked Ugandans from accessing the Internet, claiming it wanted to prevent the spread of hate and violence messages from distorting the result of the election.
However, the Internet was switched on after data collected indicated that there would be no violence, the Ugandan government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, reportedly said on Monday.
“Internet was switched off because people wanted to spread messages of hate and violence, as well as discredit the integrity of our elections. We think now people have come to terms with the results. However, we remain on alert,” Opondo said.
According to Opondo, the action was taken for the good of the country.
“The opposition was affected and the ruling party was also affected. Even the general public was affected,” Opondo said.
He added that although the internet is now on, social media is still blocked.