The Uganda government today Monday finally restored internet connection at mid-day, after five days of total shutdown that hampered communication and digital services amongst over 17.5 million users.
Government believed the shutdown was the only way to prevent vote rigging whereas on the other side of business, the internet was one necessity that businesses could not stand without.
The shutdown affected a number of businesses in Uganda that led to loss of trillions of shilling in the 5 days total shutdown.
Residents of Lira however felt relieved after the int3ernet was reentered.
Sam Solomon Otim who operates a phone service centre in Lira City was overwhelmed with joy after the internet was restored.
He says they experienced delays in providing service to their customers due to lack of internet.
“Most of the phones of this generation are internet based when it comes to repair and maintenance and we took a lot of time trying to do something that can take only 5 minutes, ” said Sam Solomon Otim.
Jonathan Okwany a graphics designer in Lira city says his business was greatly affected by the shutdown Okwany says clients were receiving impressions from their Whatsapp and emails but when the shutdown came, a number of our customers rescheduled their orders and this led to losses.
Many other business owners in Lira City were excited that at last the government restored internet