Dokolo—14, July 2020: One of the few veteran politicians in Lango sub-region and Uganda, the Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament, Hon Cecilia Atim Ogwal has since February 2004 (when Facebook was launched) been reluctant to join the fast growing digital age.
To her, and to some Ugandan politicians like her, having Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts was not a priority.
These politicians are used to traditional and mainstream modes of communication, with an addiction to media such as radio, television and newspapers.
Since the occurrence of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease in the world, especially in Uganda, things soon changed. Many people (no available statistics to back this yet) moved to social media where information, news and entertainment are shared by different users.
With the 2021 general polls drawing closer, and politicians, both new and the incumbents battling harder amidst Covid-19 to reach out to their voters “scientifically or digitally”, as endorsed by the electoral commission, few veteran politicians have had difficulties reaching their constituents.
Cecelia Atim Ogwal who’s unable now like any other politicians to move to Dokolo district to address her voters because of restrictions on mass gatherings and open campaigns, as corona bites, decided to open her Facebook page (account) on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 in the afternoon.
Soon after creating it, she posted:
“Good afternoon country men and women, I have finally joined Facebook to connect with you all and share important information pertaining social, political and economic happenings in our nation.
I have always had thoughts that some come out in the media but some don’t. For example during the COVID-19 debate (Supplementary) at Parliament on April 7th 2020 I had my strong views that were not exhausted on the floor because some rowdy members constricted the voice of reason.
There are a lot we are to share. Just like my page.”