|Guns & tear gas versus bricks and sticks|
Pam and I discovered that evening we still had email communications available when she received an email from our daughter Stephanie. About the same time I got a call from our daughter Rebecca on Messenger. Both avenues of connection brought a bit of relief. At least we could keep our family and friends informed concerning the consequences of a very volatile election day crisis.
But, sometime during the night, the nation went DARK.
Our wireless internet system was operational, but the internet could not be accessed. We have come to depend on social media connections so much that I had a strong feeling of isolation when this happened.
|Voters surround policeman struggling to hold election materials|
Before we lost access to the Internet, a friend sent me a link from the BBC that featured a story about the Ugandan Election Day and the blocked social media sites. You may find it interesting HERE.
Though no official results have been released by the Elections Commission, television and radio are reporting exit poll estimates that show the incumbent, President Museveni, receiving around 62% of the vote.
Some polling places opened late and promised to reopen the following day when voters failed to cast their ballots before they closed. The lead contender for president, Besigye, was arrested when he went to a polling place and interfered with the voting process after hearing reports of fraud there. There was a report of two people losing their lives due to violent strife in Kampala the day after the election.
|Voters stood in long lines to cast votes|
Many continue to pray that no one will tip the building tension over into a civil war ... whether a leader or supporter. But, things do not seem to be as stable as expected before Election Day.
I am writing this blog at 4:30 in the morning on Saturday. I discovered that we can now connect to the Internet, but the use of social media is still being blocked. There is a small amount of urgency within me to communicate with family, friends, and supporters of our efforts here in Uganda ... while I have the opportunity.
I also found I had a sense of relief once I was able to get online ... but, there is no guarantee that privilege will last.
Earlier I posted a blog that had been resting on my computer until I could access YouTube to post the video Ezra produced for the Oklahoma Medical Team. To view it, click HERE. I have other great stories to write about as well. But, first, let me post this update on the stability of the nation of Uganda as the election day results are forthcoming.
I do NOT currently have the ability to post these blogs on Facebook, but if you are so inclined, perhaps you may post the last three for me. That will give these posts a wider viewing.