– Uganda Communications Commission said it had received several complaints from stakeholders about 14 YouTube channels

– The commission claimed the accounts were being used to incite violence and political riots that saw many lives lost and property destroyed

– At least 45 people, most of whom were opposition supporters, were killed after violence rocked Kampala in November

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has notified YouTube of several channels and accounts allegedly being used to spread propaganda and hate during election campaigns.

Ugandan govt writes to Google demanding shutdown of pro-opposition YouTube channels

Bobi Wine consoling a supporter who was allegedly shot by police officers. Authorities claimed some YouTube channels were used to incite violence. Photo: Bobi Wine.
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In a letter seen by TUKO.co.ke and which was addressed to Google Inc chief executive officer, the commission identified 14 channels whose content allegedly glorifies lawlessness.

Further, the commission claimed the accounts had been used to mobilise and incite violence and political riots that saw many lives lost and property destroyed.

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One of the accounts was Bobi Wine 2022 which was created as an online campaign platform for presidential candidate Bobi Wine born Robert Kyagulanyi.

“The commission is in receipt of complaints from stakeholders and has also observed that communication services, platforms, and network including YouTube are being used to publish and dissent content in contrary to Uganda Communication Act,” UCC said.

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Political violence

Uganda’s presidential election has witnessed arbitrary arrests and shooting of opposition supporters mostly allied to Bobi.

According to CNN, at least 45 were killed after violence rocked Kampala, a number of the victims were reportedly gunned down while demonstrating.

Ugandan govt writes to Google demanding shutdown of pro-opposition YouTube channels

Incumbent president Museveni has led Uganda since 1986. Photo: Yoweri K. Museveni.
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These numbers only represent those victims whose bodies were taken to the city morgue.

Over 300 protesters were also arrested at the height of the tension according to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango.

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Bobi’s brush with the law

The 38-year-old musician turned politician had been a guest of the state several times and held incommunicado for no clear reasons.

His woes deepened when he declared his presidential bid and kickstarted vibrant campaigns in preparation to unseat President .

Museveni has been in power since 1986 and will be seeking his sixth term in the next election slated for January 14, 2021.

One of his fierce critics and challenger over time has been veteran politician Kizza Besigye who contested for the country’s top seat four times without success.

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