KAMPALA — The National Security Council (NSC) has reportedly ordered for the suspension of internet access services ahead of President Museveni swearing in ceremony slated for Wednesday 12 — citing national security reasons.
This is according to sources with in security circles. A top security official claimed that the NSC has directed communications sector regulator Uganda Communications Commission to suspend internet, bulk messaging and mobile money services temporarily.
Gen. Elly Tumwine, the Minister of Security reportedly wrote a letter to UCC regarding the council’s decision.
The NCS is made up of cabinet ministers and top security officials in the army and police.
UCC Executive Director Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo didn’t respond to our calls.
UCC Spokesperson Ibrahim Bbosa said he was not ware of such but promised to revert to this reporter.
Last week, ICT and National Guidance Minister Judith Nabakooba said the event will be live on all Radio and TV stations.
Meanwhile the source said the NSC also decided to surround the home of the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in Magere, Wakiso District.
On Monday morning, beefed up security team surrounded his home —with Deo Akiki, the Army Deputy spokesperson saying deployment at Bobi Wine’s residence is for his own good.
“We accord security based on the weight of a person. Bobi Wine is a distinguished Ugandan. His security can’t be as anybody else’s,” said Akiki.
Bobi Wine through his social media claimed that the deployment is because of the forthcoming swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni slated for this Wednesday, May 12.
Akiiki refuted that the deployment is to block Bobi Wine from getting out of his house ahead of the swearing in.
“He was invited. I saw the invitation. If he decides to attend, we shall escort him,” he said.
The security forces have continuously accused elements in the opposition of having plans to interrupt the swearing in of Oresident Museveni with Police spokesperson Fred Enanga claiming how a presidential candidate is planning to swear himself in from Iganga.