Renown Radio personality James Onen a.k.a Fatboy has said the recent actions by the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni somehow indicate that the president is no longer concerned with the survival of common Ugandans.
His comments follow the continued shutdown of social media platforms which Fatboy says are a source of income for a big number of young Ugandans that have failed to get jobs and resorted to entrepreneurship.
The president of Uganda ordered for internet shut down from the 13th January 2021, just a day to the general election from which he was later declared winner. The internet was restored after five days, but social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube remained closed and can only be accessed using VPN.
During Wednesday’s The Fatboy Show on RX Radio, Fatboy noted that it is unfortunate that Ugandans continue to suffer because of the actions and feelings of a few individuals.
“There are a number of online businesses that employ a number of Ugandans which are right now not operating because social media was shutdown. The only losers in this shutdown are us Ugandans because from the look of things, Facebook does not care and it is still earning money. I urge the president to reconsider his decision and open access to social media latest next week so that people can go back to their normal lives,” Fatboy said.
He added that a former Museveni would have been more considerate to the needs of his people than focusing on counter fighting with social media companies whose income surpasses the country’s GDP!
His co-host, Olive Najjuma said that the unrealistic decisions by the government are making more Ugandans hate it.
“Look at the decision to close nursery schools till the end of the Covid-19 season is over. The ones making these decisions have their children, grandchildren and those of people around them in international schools which are already operational. And even if it’s not international schools, they can afford private tutors unlike common Ugandans who live hand to mouth,” Olive added.
She also noted that while government is directing Ugandan parents to consider online learning, the internet is still restricted and access to sites like Youtube is only by use of VPN which consumes more of the already expensive data.
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The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy and Olive Monica Najjuma every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.
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