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Uganda: Museveni’s fight against fake news after reports of his death

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Thursday, 22 July 2021 20:50, updated on Friday, 23 July 2021 12:50

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, UK 20 January 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is taking his social-media battles to a new front, aiming to control more of the media narrative. Jamilu Ssekyondwa, a resident of Luweero District, 60km north of Kampala, was the first casualty of Museveni's orders - that security agencies should arrest netizens who have been declaring him dead.

Ssekyondwa was easy to locate because he sent a text message to friends, leaving a trail of his phone number. Police say two other people who received a text message from him have also been arrested.