A week ago, the Togolese nationals were engaged with protests, challenging the President, Faure Gnassingbe who is trying to broaden his term of office. The response they got was an internet shut down.
The consequent closing down of the Internet gave the nonconformists more force to up their challenges. It is something that has turned out to be normal of the administrations in Africa, that at whatever point they are faced with expanding dissents, they fall back on abating connections
This is totally against human rights of any country’s constitution.
Last year, the government in Zimbabwe also resorted to these measures of cutting the Internet connection and slowing it down at the height of the protests against Mugabe’s regime. State-owned mobile operator cut their network for almost two days. Whats App, Facebook and Twitter communication were aimed at being slowed down. From that moment, the government in Zimbabwe then began getting serious about crafting a Bill for Cyber Security and Computer Crimes, while they were ignorant of that the previous years because there had been no uprisings.
Earlier this year, Africa and the whole world witnessed two to three-month total internet shutdown in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. Being the minority, the people in the English-speaking regions had voiced their concerns as regards their marginalization and unfair treatment they suffer at the hands of Paul Biya’s government. This saw the government launching a complete internet shutdown which lasted for a whole three months. In that move, the voices of the affected people were completely cut as their connection to the world at large had been severed.
Plainly African governments are bent on stifling the general population’s voices at whatever point. In doing that, they abuse central human rights..