A student of Harvard University in the United States of America (USA) who is a Ugandan citizen has dragged President Yoweri Museveni to court for blocking him on his Twitter handle.
The President was sued alongside government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and the police’s Chief Political Commissar, Mr. Asan Kasingye, whom he accused of also blocking him from accessing their Twitter handles.
In his law suit filed before the High Court in Kampala Monday, Mr. Hillary Innocent Seguya Taylor states that he is a Ugandan citizen pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations.
He stated that for the purposes of his application, he appointed his lawyer Mr. Male Mabirizi since he is not in the country.
Mr. Seguya contends that the President, government spokesperson and the police’s chief political commissar use their respective Twitter handles as public fora to disseminate information relating to the activities of their public offices in their official capacities and to get feedback from citizens.
Mr. Seguya explains that as a citizen who is living abroad, he is only capable of getting information relating to the country’s governance and to communicate to the respective officers including the Fountain of Honour through social media.
“That before being blocked, I used the same Twitter social media platform handles to communicate my views, dismays and suggestions to the respective officers,” Mr. Seguya states.
He adds: “The effect of blocking me from the respective Twitter accounts is that I am now not capable of following and viewing the Tweets on their respective Twitter social media platform handles and hence not capable of contacting, replying, liking, tagging, retweeting and knowing the public information thereon or commenting on the same.”
He asserts that blocking of his Twitter handle, @HillaryTaylorVI, from accessing the respective three handles on July 20, 30 and August 8, was done without giving him notice.
He is now seeking an order to quash the decision of the three officials, and general damages of the inconvenience caused.
Mr. Sseguya further contends that the decision of the government officials is illegal, improper and irrational because the said Twitter accounts are used in public domain to communicate and receive feedback from citizens.
According to the court documents, Mr. Seguya has brought to court evidence of 27 tweets in which the President tweets and communicates the official government positions about the work done by his office.
He is now seeking an order to quash the decision of the three officials, general damages of the inconvenience caused.