In the same suit, Seguya whose handle is @HillaryTaylorVI also challenges Kasingye, the Political Commissar in Uganda Police Force and government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo for blocking him from accessing their respective Twitter handles @Akasingye and @OfwonoOpondo respectively.
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The Assistant Inspector-General of
Police, Asan Kasingye has defended President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to
block one of his followers on Twitter. It follows a suit filed by Hillary
Innocent Taylor Seguya, a Harvard University student in August 2019 challenging
president Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on his
twitter handle @KagutaMuseveni.
In the same suit, Seguya the owner of the twitter handle @HillaryTaylorVI,
also challenges Kasingye, the Political Commissar in Uganda Police Force
and government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo for blocking him from accessing
their respective Twitter handles @Akasingye and @OfwonoOpondo respectively.
The student of International Relations was blocked four months after
openly telling Ghanaian President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo that he had
wanted to exchange him for Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. The
Ghanaian leader had just made a presentation on Pan-Africanism to a
group of students at Harvard University in the United States.
said he admires him so much to the extent that he wished he can replace
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni due to his performance. “I wish we
could exchange you for our Ugandan president. He’s a dictator – Yoweri
Museveni – he has been in power for 33 years and we are telling him
enough is enough,” Seguya said.
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is not clear why the three leaders blocked him, months after the
statements. However, Seguya contends blocking him infringes on his right
against discrimination as enshrined in the constitution as well as his
constitutional freedom of speech, expression, freedom of thought,
conscience and belief.
Through his lawyer Male Mabirizi, Seguya argued that the three twitter handles
were helping Ugandans in the diaspora to get information and
feedback from the state actors.
The student alleges that he has been
denied a right to participate in the affairs of the government and to
participate in peaceful activities to influence the policies of the
government which are guaranteed in the Ugandan constitution. He adds
that blocking him tantamount to political persecution beyond what is
acceptable and demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic
society and asked the court to declare the decision illegal.
In his response to the suit, Kasingye says Seguya’s application is misconceived, lacks merit and amounts
to abuse of court process. He states that he opened his twitter
handle in April 2015 as a personal account for his private use.
“My account is for private/personal interest
such as family, football, religion sharing jokes and at times, police-related
matters but at a personal level like any other Ugandan citizen” reads the
affidavit in part.
Kasingye says his Twitter profile
shows clearly that his views are not necessarily those of the Uganda Police
Force and neither do they represent his official position in the force.
He also says that he has been advised
by his lawyers in the Attorney General’s Chambers that Seguya can get
information about Uganda or President Museveni via State House on their twitter
handle @StateHouseUg and different newspaper handles on twitter and
television live streaming among other options.
He also said that the same information can be obtained from
Media Centre via its official Twitter handle @ugandamediacent as well as its
“I have been advised by the Attorneys from the Attorney
General’s Chambers whose advice I verily believe to be true that the twitter
handles @KagutaMuseveni and @OfwonoOpondo are private twitter handles and not
for the offices they hold”, the affidavit adds.
He asked the court to dismiss Seguya’s application arguing that he
(Kasingye) enjoys the constitutional right to decide who to associate with on
his private or personal account. The court is yet to start hearing the