Uganda’s Security Minister Muruli Mukasa has revealed government plans to build a social media monitoring center “to weed out those who use it to damage the government and people’s reputations.”
Muruli made the revelation that has sparked apprehension on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter during at the UCC Annual Broadcasters’ Conference held on Thursday at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.
The minister in his address said “offences committed on social media will have to be penalized.”
This revelation comes on the heels of a government crackdown on the media that saw The Monitor and Pepper Publications closed over a letter published by the Daily Monitor allegedly written by the coordinator of intelligence services General David Sejjusa.
In the letter, Sejjusa directed the head of the Internal Security Organization to investigate claims of a plot to eliminate top shots in the military and government opposed to the so called ‘Project Muhoozi’.
The Muhoozi Project is a loose translation of an alleged plan by the President to have his son Brigadier Kainerugaba Muhoozi succeed him as president. Muhoozi is the head of the Special Forces Group, an elite unit in the military charged with offering protection to the President.