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Harvard student sues Uganda’s President Museveni for blocking him on Twitter

Harvard student sues Uganda’s President Museveni for blocking him on Twitter


By Samson Ntale and Bukola Adebayo, for CNN

Kampala, Uganda (CNN)A student at Harvard University filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on Twitter.

Hillary Sseguya, who is pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations at the US based-institution said the blocking violated his right to access information about his country. Two public officials were also named in the suit.
The student argued that being blocked had prevented him from giving feedback to the officials account about government policies on Twitter.
“The President’s tweet has first-hand information about the country, and as a Ugandan living in the Diaspora, I am missing out on that information which is imperative to me. His actions have violated my right of freedom of speech, and he must unblock me,” Sseguya told CNN.
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Presidential media aide Don Wanyama told CNN the issue was already in court and declined to comment any further.
“We don’t respond to matters in court. It’s subjudice. We will respond in court if we have to,” Wanyama said.
Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo named in the suit said he blocked the student because he found his tweets offensive.
“Yes I realized I blocked him (Sseguya) for offensive communication, I block whoever directs offensive communication to me personally, and I have no apologies,” Opondo said. He added the student could access government-related information on the internet without having to depend on Twitter posts.
Sseguya told CNN he may have been blocked because of a post he shared in April where he called Museveni a dictator and asked the Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo to replace him.

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