NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba wants Facebook censored to stop hate speech

Monday June 11 2018

The NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba wants social media to be controlled in Uganda, as a way of stemming what she says is an ongoing hate campaign against her party and its members.

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Speaking at the burial of slain Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, Ms Kasule Lumumba told President Yoweri Museveni that there is an ongoing hate campaign against him and members of the NRM party on social media. She blamed this on computerisation and accused Ugandans of misusing their computers.

Giving examples of countries like China, and Sudan where social media is reportedly censored, Lumumba says countries like China are developing even when social media is controlled.

''Your Excellency this business of liberalising, the peace is being abused, and there must be a control measure to stop some of these things '' Lumumba told the President.

Speaking during the same funeral, President Yoweri Museveni backed Ms Lumumba's idea, and said there is a need to control ''The noisemakers on radio and social media.''


This is not the first time there have been calls for social media to be censored in Uganda, the President himself ordered for social media to be taxed, because according to him, people on most social media platforms just gossip.

During the 2016 elections, Mobile Money and social media platforms were switched off by the telecoms regulator Uganda Communications Commission, and the Commission's Executive Director Godfrey Mutabaazi said it was because of ''National security threats''