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UCC cuts off social media and Mobile money for security reasons

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) says it has shut down access to social media sites and mobile money services due to security reasons.

Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC executive director says the communications regulatory body received information that Mobile Money and social media were being used to bribe voters. Mutabazi also says social media was being used for campaigns outside the stipulated campaign time which ended on Tuesday.

Appearing on NTV this afternoon, Mutabazi warned that UCC was ready to shut down any Television or radio station that breached the law.

Several people have complained about limited access to social media on their mobile phones since Wednesday night.

Mutabazi now says he doesn’t know time when the ban will be lifted, adding that he is waiting for instructions from Electoral Commission. Earlier in the day, however, the electoral body distanced itself from the move to shut down social media, saying that their role is to manage elections, not mobile telecommunication.