UGANDA’S RULING PARTY ASKS US GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK ACCESS TO WEBSITE BECAUSE OF UNFAVOURABLE ELECTION COVERAGE

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The NRM has written to a US-based Internet firm to block access to the www.radiokatwe.com website. NRM spokesperson Ofwono Opondo last week said the website was publishing malicious and false information against the party and its presidential candidate. It has also asked local ISPs to block the site.

“Such a practice is against our electoral laws and we complained to Brinkster communications Corporation that is involved,” Ofwono said. Speaking on phone, he accused US-based FDC official Anne Mugisha of masterminding the smear campaign on the site.

The New Vision received complaints that the site was inaccessible within Uganda. When opening the site, a message pops up saying, “The page cannot be displayed.”

The site hosted in the US features information on presidential candidates, security agencies, operatives and their lifestyles. A liner on the site reads, “Radio Katwe: outrageous, amusing, conspiracy theories, not to be taken seriously.”

Ofwono said they had also complained to local regulator, the Uganda communications commission (UCC) and local Internet service providers. However, UCC corporate affairs manager Fred Otunnu said he was not aware of the development.

Asked about access to the site abroad, Ofwono said, “if you are dealing with multiple wounds and you are sure you can heal the ones on your legs and walk, you can leave the ones on your buttocks for the meantime.”

The site lately reported that the Government had asked MTN and other Internet service providers to block it.

“If what we publish are fabrications, why doesn’t someone want you to hear them? All lies eventually collapse under their own weight, right?” the website administrator asked recently.

New Vision