ITS AN OFFENSE TO USE VPN – MINISTER NABAKOOBA.

The Minister for Information and Technology, Ms. Judith Nabakooba has cautioned Ugandans against using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) as Ugandans prepare to vote. In a media verbatim, Judith informed Ugandans that whoever is using social media right now is committing an offence and could be liable to arrest. She insisted that using VPNs is against the laws of Uganda and the Government will soon find a way of blocking all kinds of VPNs. “We have closed Facebook for a moment and whoever is using social media is against the laws of our country. I would like to inform you that even if you are using VPN, we are going to block all kinds of VPNs.” she said. Just two days before Ugandans vote Presidential and Parliamentary candidates, all social media networks suddenly stopped working despite Ugandans loading data and paying Over The Top Tax (OTT). Explaining why, Telecom giant, MTN explained that all communication companies were ordered by UCC to suspend social media. “National Telecommunication Operators in the country, have received a directive from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to immediately suspend access and use, direct or otherwise of all social media platforms and online messaging applications over the network until further notice.” a statement published by MTN reads.Ugandans have since resorted to VPNs to access social media handles.

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