Facebook Shuts Down Accounts Of Top President Museveni Gov’t Operatives Ahead Of Elections

More than 50 pro-government Facebook accounts are closed. President Museveni is seeking a 6th term. He has ruled Uganda since 1986.

Among the deleted pages are those of presidential adviser Jennifer Nakangubi also known as Full figure, socialite Ismah Olaxess and an events promoter going by the name Bajjo.

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11, 2021 – Facebook says it has expeditiously moved to shut down accounts of top President Kaguta Museveni’s operatives, accused of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of the January 14, 2021 elections.

Consequently, more than 50 pro-government Facebook accounts are closed. President Museveni is seeking a 6th term. He has ruled Uganda since 1986.

All the affected individuals belong to people affiliated to Uganda’s Ruling Party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

“This month (January), we shut down a network of accounts and pages in Uganda that were involved in + coordinated inauthentic behavior + aimed at influencing public debate ahead of the election,” he told the ‘AFP Facebook’s communications manager for sub-Saharan Africa Kezzia Anim-Addo.

“They were using fake or duplicate accounts to manage pages, commenting on other people’s content, posing as users, sharing content in groups to make it appear more popular than it was,” said the manager.

“Given the impending election in Uganda, we reacted quickly to investigate and bring down this network. We found that this network was linked to the Citizens’ Interaction with Government Group of the Ministry of Information ( …) in Uganda,” Facebook said.

In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni’s government recently banned Freedom by musician and rising opposition star Robert Kyagulanyi, better known his stage name Bobi Wine, for criticising the political order.

The events were corroborated by Uganda’s senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama. He accused the social networking app managers of helping to spread the message calling for the removal of President Yoweri Museveni who is going to the polls seeking an extension of his three and half-decade rule.

“Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of NRM supporters. You won’t take away President Kaguta Museveni,” Wanyama tweeted.

Among the deleted pages are those of presidential adviser Jennifer Nakangubi also known as Full figure, socialite Ismah Olaxess and an events promoter going by the name Bajjo.

Popular Ugandan Blogger Ashburg Kato, alleged that the opposition leader who is also Bobi Wine’s aide had requested Facebook to shut down the accounts.

“Facebook itself deleted our accounts on the request of Bobi Wine’s handlers,” Kato tweeted.

Wine’s allies have, however, denied the allegations, although Facebook has not commented on the matter.

The move comes a few days after social media moved to censor US President Donald Trump following claims that he supported the attack meted against Capitol Hill that leaving four people dead.

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