Ugandan student sues Museveni for blocking him on Twitter


A student at Harvard University now wants the court to compel Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to unblock him on Twitter.
In a petition filed at a Kampala court on Monday, Hillary Seguya Ugandan student studying at Harvard wants the decision by the President to block him on Twitter account illegal and unconstitutional.
He also wants a permanent injunction restraining government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and the Police Director of Political Commissariat Asan Kasingye from blocking him on their Twitter handles.
In the suit, the Attorney General (AG), who is a chief government legal adviser, is a respondent but Museveni, Kasingye, and Opondo are not.
Seguya contends the trio’s Twitter accounts are used as public forums to disseminate information relating to the activities of their public offices 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 country’s governance and communicate to the respective officers including the President through their respective Twitter handles,” says Seguya.
He claims to have been blocked by President Museveni on July 30 from following, viewing, contacting, replaying, liking, tagging and retweeting the tweets on his handle without notice.
The action comes a month after US President Donald Trump was sued over blocking American citizens on Twitter in a case he ultimately lost.
The court found that Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum and that he cannot block his critics from reading his tweets or participating in the forum because he merely dislikes them or their ideas.


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