Human Rights Approves Government’s Internet Shut Down During Elections
Speaking at the release of their preliminary report about the polls, Dr Katebalirwa Amooti, the chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission said government’s move to shut down internet in the recent concluded elections was good for the public.
He explained that whereas the public has a right to internet, the same is not absolute and can be suspended by government in certain circumstances.
Kabatebalirwa added that following the riots that happened before elections that left many dead, the government has a mandate to control violence and such deaths.
“Some of the rights are not absolute and can be suspended provided the limitation is justifiable within the ambits of the law,” Katebalirwa said.
He also argued that during election campaigns, some candidates concentrated on using their time to defy and conflict with security forces. “We were told they were going to practice defiance and implement plan b. Couldn’t this pose a threat to any reasonable Ugandan,” UHRC chairperson wondered.
He encouraged Ugandans to take a positive side of the internet shut down explaining that it was done for the interest of the country.