Uganda has shut off the internet in the lead up to its election. On January 13, Uganda will choose between sitting President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Bobi Wine. Museveni is a 76-year-old man who has ruled Uganda for 35 years, whereas Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is an internet savvy challenger and famous musician who has livestreamed every moment of his campaign. Now, Wine’s biggest outlet to his supporters is cut off.
Supporters say it was Wine’s popularity that led the Ugandan government to introduce a daily social media tax, in mid-2018, which meant citizens had to