High Court Sets Judgement date for Internet Shutdown.

High court Judge Andrew Bashaija has fixed June 28 th 2019
to deliver judgment on a matter in which Unwanted Witness is challenging Uganda’s dual
internet disruptions that occurred during the 2016 general elections and inauguration of
president Yoweri Museveni.
Justice Bashaija set the date after declaring the case admissible and with defense parties
laying out all issues that they would consider in framing their final arguments. While the
Attorney General’s lead counsel Philip Mwaka indicated to deny all issues raised in suit, the
Uganda Communications Commission lawyer Augustine Idoot argues that the law gives UCC
powers to shutdown Internet and mobile money services as and when it deems fit.
Court therefore allocated a month to each party (applicant and Defense) to file their final
submission and another month for filing of a rejoinder before ruling in June.
Meanwhile the judge has permitted Unwanted Witness’s request to drop all telecom
companies from the application. Unwanted Witness is represented by Rwakafuuzi and
Company Advocates.