Harvard Student Sues President M7 For Blocking Him On Twitter, Demands Shs6b As Damages

A Harvard University student is seeking Shs6 billion as damages for allegedly being blocked by President Museveni on his Twitter handle.

Mr Museveni was sued alongside government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo and the police’s Chief Political Commissar, AIGP Asan Kasingye whom he also accuses of blocking him from accessing their Twitter accounts.

High Court presided over by Justice Andrew Bashaija on Thursday heard that Mr Hillary Innocent Seguya Taylor pursuing a Masters in International Relations degree at the Harvard University in the United States of America (USA) has suffered mental anguish to which he seeks general damages for being inconvenienced as he does not know what is going on with his leaders.

Mr. Seguya  through his appointed lawyer, Mr Male Mabirizi, claims that his right to be heard were violated as no notice or reason was given to him before he was blocked by the three government officials.

“The respondents have in defence in this case as Twitter channels are used to disseminate public information which every Ugandan national has a right to know what is going on in the country. The respondents should then be ordered to unblock the applicant,” Mr Mabirizi submitted in court on Thursday.
Court also heard from Mr Mabzirizi that President Donald Trump who had blocked some people on his Twitter account on grounds of privacy was ordered by court to unblock them since it is a platform he uses to disseminate information for public consumption and therefore, the High Court in Uganda ought to adopt the same.

Mr Mabirizi further asked court to consider AIGP Kasingye’s January 25, 2020 decision to unblock Mr Seguya as a clear indicator that what the trio did was illegal.

However in his defence, Mr Kasingye had contended that although he uses his account for sharing family related information, football, religion, jokes and at times police related issues, it’s at a personal level like any other Ugandan citizen.

 

*Additional Reporting by DM*

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