Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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

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.

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.