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Uganda blocks social media during presidential elections

By The Citizen

Social media has been blocked in Uganda because of security concerns as tightly contested presidential elections are held, officials say.

Mobile money services had also been shut to make sure they would not be used to bribe voters, they added.

However, many users have found a way around the controversial restrictions.

President Yoweri Museveni, 71, is seeking to extend his 30-year rule, in a race widely seen as the tightest in the East African state’s history.

His main challenger is his former physician, Kizza Besigye.

He has said he does not think the election will be free and fair.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is also seen as a leading contender for the presidency.

Mr Mbabazi has tweeted on how to get around the internet restrictions: