Harvard student asks Museveni Shs6bn over twitter

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Hillary Seguya

A Harvard University student who sued President Museveni for allegedly blocking him on twitter is now seeking Shs6 billion as damages.

Hillary Innocent Seguya Taylor is pursuing a Masters in International Relations degree at the Harvard University in the United States of America (USA).

He sued Museveni 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.

His case was heard Thursday by High Court presided over by Justice Andrew Bashaija.

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Through his lawyer Male Mabirizi, Seguya claims he suffered mental anguish as he does not know what is going on with his leaders.

He further 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.

Mabzirizi submitted 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.

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

Seguya in his main application explained that as a citizen who is living abroad, he is only capable of getting information relating to his country’s governance and to communicate to the respective officers including the fountain of honour through their respective Twitter handles.

Seguya presented to court evidence of 27 Tweets in which the President Tweets and communicates the official government positions about the work done by his office.

Court will deliver its judgment on May 20, 2020.

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