Julius Malema Cape Independence

EFF leader, Julius Malema.

EFF slams Uganda social media ban ahead of elections

The EFF has taken aim at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni after he ordered a ban on social media, a day before elections

Julius Malema Cape Independence

EFF leader, Julius Malema.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lashed out at Uganda’s government for banning the use of social media and has also condemned the continued intimidation of opposition leader Bobi Wine.

President Yoweri Museveni is seeking to win a sixth term in office when Ugandans take to the polls on Thursday, 14 January 2021. However many, including the EFF have also accused his government of targeting his detractors.

Uganda’s communication regulator blocked access to all social media platforms after Facebook closed alleged fake accounts linked to government.

“…it is despicable that his government is trying to intimidate citizens after a campaign of intimidating supporters of the opposition as well as taking away access to internet, which the UN General Assembly declared a human right in 2016,” the EFF said in a statement.

The EFF has said the ban, a day before the elections, shows a weak government who is aware of the power of mobilization “and weariness of a people who are led by a 76 year old while the median age of Ugandans is 16 years”

EFF: Uganda’s Museveni a ‘geriatric incapable of new ideas’

Political pundits on the continent have long raised concern over the lack of leadership and with Museveni being the age of 76, the EFF has said he is unsuitable to rule over a much younger population.

“A country led by a geriatric incapable of new ideas and strongman tendencies cannot bring the future that all Africans deserve. Uganda’s youthful population sees 700 000 young people reach working age every year. Only 75 000 jobs are created, according to the World Bank. Uganda’s people deserve better than harassment, military, a dull future and indentured labour at best for the youth,”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

Bobi Wine has claimed he is being targeted by Museveni’s government and said that soldiers raided his home on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 and arrested his security guards.

“Gen. Museveni needs to tell the world what he intends to do in this election that he should arrest my entire campaign team, my assistants & supporters. Last night, the military yet again arrested so many friends and comrades; two days to the election! Others living as fugitives!,” Bobi Wine said on Twitter.

The EFF has further called for Museveni to allow for a peaceful and fair election.