Uganda’s current Idi Amin shuts down social media

Uganda’s current Idi Amin shuts down social media

Social media has been blocked in Uganda on the day of presidential elections to stop people “telling lies”, President Yoweri Museveni has said.
Mr 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.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni holds a press conference during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta November 25, 2005. Concerns about democracy in Uganda threatened to overshadow Friday's start to a three-day Commonwealth summit which leaders hope will give a push to next month's faltering world trade talks aimed at reducing poverty. Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has said he will ask Museveni to explain the situation in Uganda where a top opposition leader was arrested this week and faces a military tribunal for treason ahead of an election where Museveni aims to extend his 20-year rule.  MALTA OUT   REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni holds a press conference during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta November 25, 2005. Concerns about democracy in Uganda threatened to overshadow Friday’s start to a three-day Commonwealth summit which leaders hope will give a push to next month’s faltering world trade talks aimed at reducing poverty. Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has said he will ask Museveni to explain the situation in Uganda where a top opposition leader was arrested this week and faces a military tribunal for treason ahead of an election where Museveni aims to extend his 20-year rule. MALTA OUT REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Voting has been cancelled at one polling station in the capital Kampala after clashes with police.
Seven opposition candidates are running against Mr Museveni.
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His main challenger is his former physician, Kizza Besigye who 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.
Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and mobile money services have been blocked.
Despite this, ‪#‎UgandaDecides‬ is still trending on Twitter.
Many people have found a way around the controversial restrictions, including Mr Mbabazi who tweeted advice on how to do it:

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