Long lasting opposition leader Kizza Besigye has attacked President Yoweri Museveni saying that he should not be proud and excited that Facebook has been blocked in Uganda, for closely two years now.
The leader of the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) Dr Kizza Besigye revealed that as opposed to the president’s boasts, shutting down Facebook in Uganda has negatively affected the nation in terms of revenue.
While showing up on Pearl FM on Tuesday, the four-time presidential candidate mocked that as president Museveni shows off regarding the shutdown of Facebook in Uganda, Mark Zuckerberg’s revenue for 2021 grew to $117 billion from $86 billion of 2020. Besigye added that Uganda’s 2021 GDP was only $40 billion in comparison.
“Uganda’s many businesses that used Facebook for advertising and promoting their businesses in various other ways have suffered from Facebook closure,” said Besigye in a brief comment regarding the matter.
Besigye revealed that currently, Uganda is borrowing from moneylenders to survive, and Museveni was even prompted to fly to the USA to beg assistance.
“It is very annoying that the country continues to pay heavily to satisfy the ego of its decadent leader,” he said.
Some days back, Museveni got back from the US where he had gone to attend the US-Africa summit which talked about a number of issues including peace and security among others.
While speaking to the media at the State Lodge in Nakasero on Friday, Museveni revealed that Uganda will only allow Facebook to reopen only if the social media giant stops playing games.
“I hope now facebook knows who is in charge of Uganda. If they stop playing games, we shall open up,” Museveni said, adding that Facebook was being used to attack the government.
He however disclosed that if Facebook realises its mistake, the government will reopen it.
During the 2021 general election, the government shut down Facebook after the social media giant deleted hundreds of accounts of National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters it suspected to be fake.