By Our Reporter
Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa has pleaded with Twitter to ban Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni from its platform.
Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence” in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers Trump’s eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said on Monday.
Said Chamisa, “Mr @jack and @twitter as an African leader in opposition in a country where human rights are undermined,I stand in solidarity with @HEBobiWine & the people of Uganda.Dictators must not enjoy what they deny others. I call on you to ban @KagutaMuseveni from twitter #BanMuseveni.”
Museveni banned Facebook and other social media platforms Tuesday as the country prepares to hold presidential elections this week.
Addressing the nation in Kampala, Museveni accused Facebook of being arrogant.
A few days ago, Facebook closed the accounts of two Museveni supporters locally known as Bajjo and Full Figure over what it called misuses of their accounts.
The closing of his supporters’ accounts did not go well with Museveni, especially after Uganda failed in its efforts a few weeks ago to make Facebook close some accounts that the state deemed dangerous to the county’s security.
He criticized Facebook for being against the government to the extent of closing some of its accounts and said Facebook has no right to say who is good and who is bad in Uganda
“Facebook decided to block NRM message centers,” Museveni said in his speech, referring to the ruling National Resistance Movement.
“Why would anyone do that? I told my people to close it. If it is to operate in Uganda, it should be used equitably.”
He said that closing Facebook and other social media platforms is unfortunate but unavoidable. He however apologized to Ugandans who are affected by the closures.
Uganda is scheduled to hold elections Thursday. Social media was also closed down when the country went to the polls in 2016, to the disappointment of users.