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Ugandans Head to Polls in Potentially Historic Elections

Many hopes are pinned on Uganda's elections today as main opposition leader Bobi Wine attempts to unseat current President Yoweri Museveni from his 34-year term in office.

Today, Ugandans are heading to the polls to cast their vote in the national elections despite a recent partial internet shutdown which has seen a ban on all social media platforms. The elections are arguably the most highly-contested in decades as opposition leader, Bobi Wine (real name Robert Kyagulanyi), attempts to remove current President Yoweri Museveni from office following a 34-year rule. Clad in face masks as the COVID-19 pandemic remains ongoing, voters have already gathered at polling stations across the country to have their voices counted.

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Uganda Enforces Social Media Shutdown as Presidential Elections Draw Closer

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly banned all social media platforms and messaging applications two days ahead of the country's presidential elections.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly banned all social media and messaging applications in the country. This ban comes just two days ahead of the country's national elections. Ugandan social media users have been unable to access both Facebook and WhatsApp since this past Tuesday. The social media ban follows after social media platform Facebook removed Museveni's alleged rogue government accounts.

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Bobi Wine Arrested After Being Certified as Presidential Candidate

Ugandan politician Bobi Wine has been arrested after he was certified as a presidential candidate for the upcoming 2021 elections.

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Bobi Wine Has Been Charged With 'Intending to Annoy' President Museveni

The new charge is in addition to an initial treason charge.

Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Found Guilty of Cyber Harassment Against President Museveni

The activist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison over a poem she wrote about the president last year, referencing vaginas.

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