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Senegal's Ousmane Sonko was indicted on rape and insurrection charges and released on bail. Following his release, Sonko called on his supporters and protestors to intensify and continue with the ongoing protests.
Since Friday, 5 March 2021, Senegal has experienced an internet and social media shutdown. This is amidst ongoing protests by citizens in the West African country.
The game plan by Al-Shabaab was usually to cut off communication before launching attacks on their targets thus hindering response from security personnel. However, this now seems to be an end in itself, as destroying communication masts is a form of economic terrorism that will frustrate Kenya.
After 5 days of no internet access since the eve of elections, Uganda's government has announced that they have switched the internet back on after the incumbent Yoweri Museveni was announced as the winner. However, social media access appears to still be a problem.
Amidst a total internet shutdown which is being blamed for failing biometric identity verification machines, Ugandans turned out for voting in large numbers.
Given the current challenges, the African Union will have to change its approach in at least one of three regards: budget size, donor dependency, and culture of consensus.
As the technology used to access and create internet content becomes increasingly available to Congolese people, locally produced content will inevitably continue to multiply and interact with global trends as well as to critique the wider political sphere.