Unwanted Witness Sues Uganda Government and 8 ISPs over illegal Internet Disruption

Kampala November 23rd, 2016; Unwanted Witness Uganda has sued Ugandan government and 8 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for violating citizens’ right to freedom of speech and expression, the right to work, the right to livelihood and adequate standard of living when the respondents connived to shutdown the Internet twice earlier this year.

In a law suit number 256 filed on 29th September 2016 at Kampala high court civil division, the applicant seeks for court to pronounce that the respondents’ actions of shutting down the internet were illegal and issue a permanent injunction against the respondents.

Court has thus fixed 3rd of February 2017 as hearing date for the application. The applicant is being represented by M/S Rwakafuuzi and Co. Advocates.

On 17th February 2016 as Ugandans went to the polls, the telecommunication regulator Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), directed all Internet Service Providers to block social media platforms and Mobile money services across the country for a period of 4days. The move was again repeated between 11th to 12th as president Museveni was being inaugurated into office for his fifth term.

Unwanted Witness will closely follow court proceedings and keep you posted on the development.

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