The government in Burkina Faso has extended the suspension of mobile internet services throughout the national territory for reasons of “public safety”.
Early on in the week, the government had however offered a different explanation saying the country needed some silence while burying its soldiers on Tuesday.
Services were supposed to have been restored on Wednesday, after being shut down for a period of 96 hours which was supposed to expire on Wednesday November 24.
In a statement issued late Wednesday, the Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Ousseni Tamboura, said that the Executive “has decided to extend the suspension of mobile Internet for a period of 96 hours” from November 24 at 20:00 local time.
The minister added that “Fixed internet is not affected by the directive.
This decision has come at a time when the country is experiencing series of demonstrations and growing political uncertainties over insecurity by its youth.
This decision was initially taken after last weekend when the population of Kaya, a town about 100 kilometers north of Ouagadougou, blocked a French military convoy heading from Cote d’Ivoire to Niger.
The rumor that the convoy would return to Ouagadougou to take another route to Niger caused mobilizations on the road
The government of Burkina Faso said on Wednesday that it is “working” on getting a French military convoy that has been prevented by protesters for nearly a week to reach its “final destination”, Mali via Niger.
According to Burkinabe government data, Insecurity has led to the internal displacement of 1.4 million people.
Although Burkina Faso has been suffering from jihadist violence since 2015, this attack generated much indignation and tension in the country and prompted a protest in Ouagadougou to demand the resignation of the Burkinabe president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
A new demonstration with the same objective is scheduled to take place next Saturday.