Uganda: Museveni’s revolutionaries aren’t revered by youth anymore… and certainly not online

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Friday, 16 September 2022 10:51

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni speaks during at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi district
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni speaks at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi district, Uganda December 4, 2021. Picture taken December 4, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

With Facebook blocked in Uganda since the January 2021 election, Parliament last week passed a computer misuse bill yet to be signed into law. As human rights activists protest the move, could this be the final blow to internet freedom in Uganda? The law is the latest twist in what is turning out to be a generational fight that pits the Museveni generation that captured power in 1986 and the youth who are the majority of Uganda population and largely support anti-government forces.

Parliament passing the bill is the latest step in the government’s efforts to tame social media which has been weaponized by the youth to nudge the country’s top leadership.