By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
The High Court of Uganda has set May 20, 2020, to deliver a ruling of Hillary Innocent Taylor Seguuya. He sued Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on Twitter.
The date has been set by the High Court judge in Uganda’s capital – Kampala, Andrew Bashaija. Seguya is a Ugandan studying Law at Harvard University, USA.
Seguya through his agent, Hassan Male Mabirizi, wants a declaration that the decision by Museveni to block him from accessing his Twitter account infringes on his right against discrimination, guaranteed under article 21, 29, 38, 41 and 43 of the Ugandan Constitution.
He also wants an authoritative warning to stop the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and Uganda Police Political Commissar Asan Kasingye from blocking him on their Twitter account.
Seguya argues that the trio’s Twitter accounts are used as public forums to disseminate information relating to activities of public officers in their official capacities and to get feedback from citizens.
“As a Ugandan citizen living abroad, I am only capable of getting information relating to my country’s governance and communicate to respective officers including the president through their respective Twitter handles,” Seguya asserts.
Mabirizi told the court that Seguya wants the court to award him ShUg6 billion ($1.6m) in general damages, arguing that he has suffered mental anguish from the time Museveni blocked him.
However, the State attorney, Imelda Adong while speaking to local media asked the court to dismiss the cases on grounds that it lacks merit and abuses that the court processes.
Seguya said he was blocked by Museveni on July 7, 2019, from following, viewing, contacting, replying, liking, tagging, retweeting the tweets on his Twitter handle without notice and affording the applicant a hearing.
Seguya claims that Opondo blocked him on August 8, 2019, while Kasingye blocked him on July 20, 2019.