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Museveni na njama za kimafia!

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    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Hata bongo hii inawezekana!

    Uganda bans SMS texting of key words during poll


    Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:20pm GMT
    * "Egypt", "bullet", "people power" will be intercepted
    * Police find 200 arrows, hunt for hate leaflets
    * Opposition leader warning of Egypt-inspired protests

    By Elias Biryaberema
    KAMPALA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Uganda has ordered phone companies to intercept text messages with words or phrases including "Egypt", "bullet," and "people power" ahead of Friday's elections that some fear may turn violent.

    An internal email from the state-run Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) with the order was leaked to the opposition coalition Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) on Thursday.
    Patrick Mwesigwa, head of UCC, confirmed to Reuters that it was genuine.

    "We had a meeting with content providers on Tuesday and we decided that a list of key words should not be transmitted," he said.

    "Messages containing such words, when encountered by the network or facility owner or operator, should be scrutinised and, if deemed to be controversial or advanced to incite the public, should be stopped or blocked," he said.

    The other English words or phrases on the list are: "Tunisia", "Mubarak", "dictator", "teargas", "army", "police", "gun", "Ben Ali" and "UPDF".

    UPDF is the acronym for the Ugandan military that some analysts say supports President Yoweri Museveni, in power for the past quarter century, and could violently put down any public protests.

    Several words from Uganda's local languages are listed too.

    At his final election rally on Wednesday the main opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, repeated warnings his supporters will take to the streets if the IPC says the election was rigged by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).


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    "In the last two elections we were cheated and all the Supreme Court judges agreed with us but still failed do their duty (and) annul the election," he said.

    "We're not going to the courts again. If our results don't tally with those of the electoral commission, I will ask the people themselves to deal with the situation directly."
    Museveni, tipped to win a fourth term, has threatened to arrest Besigye if he tries to provoke street protests.

    Separately, police said they had seized over 200 arrows in eastern Uganda and were searching for leaflets calling for violence that were being distributed in the capital Kampala.


    "We've heard the leaflets carry different messages but we're told one of them says "it's only machetes that can help us with NRM people"," police spokeswoman, Judith Nabakoba, told Reuters.
    (Editing by Barry Malone and Richard Lough)

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    museveni is a dictator whos end is coming
     
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    inaonekana Museveni atashinda tena kwa kutumia njama za ukandamizaji. Africa kazi tunayo!
     
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    Ameshinda tayari, Mkwere atakuwa mstari wa mbele kwenda kwenye uapishwaji wake.
     
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    Mwingine ni Kibaki. Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki!
     
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    There will be no Egyptian-like revolution here, warms Museveni.

    Written by West FM Team
    2011-02-16 21:34:00

    ENTEBBE UGANDA-The Uganda police are to monitor social media networks like blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Asan Kasingye, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, in Kampala Central Police station believes the social media could be abused to foment violence or stir up unrest around the elections.
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    He said that it is possible that hate messages and inflammatory statements could be exchanged on Facebook and Twitter and so the police are monitoring them to guard against riots. Kasingye claims that during the 2009 Buganda riots, some social media were used to stir up the population and cause widespread unrest.

    Kasingye doesn't explain the extent of the monitoring or how it will guard against infringement on personal rights of expression and privacy. J.B. Wasswa, a lecturer of mass communication at Makerere University, speaking to West FM, indicated that although the potential for social media to inflame tensions is real, it currently doesn't have extensive influence in Uganda. He also added that the aspect of the tipping point of social media is late in cycle in Uganda and its disjunctive nature which means that for any social media campaign to work, the aspect of organization at the behest of raw feelings is key.

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    Wasswa said that the problem will come if traditional media like newspapers, radio and television broadcast unfiltered commentary and erroneous reports from the social media in regards to the elections. This is the first election in which social media has played an important role. Political parties and candidates used Facebook to fundraise for campaigns and the Internet to raise their profiles locally and internationally.

    Several candidates, particularly those with urban constituencies, have also used websites and phone SMS messages to rally support around their campaigns. Uganda is set to hold national Elections on 18th February 2011. This comes at the backdrop of stern warning from the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, who Wednesday said that he will jail anyone who tries to spark Egypt-style unrest in the country ahead of national elections this Friday, that are widely expected to see Museveni extend his 25-year grip on power.


    "There will be no Egyptian-like revolution here," Museveni told a news conference. "There is nobody who can use extraconstitional means to take power here. That is out of the question." In the run-up to the presidential polls, top opposition challenger Kizza Besigye has repeatedly called the vote flawed and threatened street protests if his party's own tally of the results does not match up with the official outcome.


    But Museveni said he would clamp down on anyone who tried to start a revolt. "We would just lock them up," Museveni said. "In the most humane manner possible, bang them into jails and that would be the end of the story." Museveni, who seized power in 1986 as the head of a guerrilla army, faces Besigye and six other opponents in the run to win a five-year term. Museveni has used a rap song this election period to appeal to Ugandan youth, who are too young to remember any other ruler.

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    Museveni said he was expecting "a big win" at the polls, citing the spread of peace and rising economic conditions as reasons for his continued popularity. He denied opposition accusations that he has been using state funds to bribe voters throughout the campaign trail, insisting that despite 25 years in power he is still the best option for Uganda.

    "By the end of these five years Uganda will be a middle-income country and I will not allow Besigye and that crowd to mess up that plan," Museveni said.


    Museveni's sentiments are at the behest of the Uganda's electoral commission findings that various parties have formed militias before the vote and warned of possible violence during the election. Tensions have been on the rise since the New Year with Besigye's coalition threatening a boycott of the vote. The opposition leader has accused the National Resistance Movement of planning to rig the vote and warned of unrest similar to that in Egypt and Tunisia if the poll is unfair.


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