Uganda’s Covid-19 battle hit by ‘misinformation pandemic’

Health workers attend to a patient in the ICU section of Mulago National Referral Hospital last month, during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in Uganda. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Apart from wrong information that has been spreading, government agencies have been seen struggling to counteract and debunk apparent propaganda on social media.
  • Even with no proof, syndicates of Ugandans barrage and accuse local media houses of ganging with ‘government mafias’ to scaremonger and blow-out propaganda.
  • Prof Chibita attributes Uganda’s ‘real pandemic’ masked in hoax claims and conspiracy theories to shattered trust. 

On a major radio station in oil rich Hoima City in the Albertine graben --during a sought-after ‘Press review’ programme, celebrated journalist Fredrick Akiiki Omuhamba had a statement to make during a live broadcast.


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