What started as a joke when one of defeated Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers Fred Muwema asked the largest global social media giant Facebook has become serious.
An Irish court has ordered Facebook owned by Mark Zuckerberg to reveal the identity of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga popularly known by social media enthusiasts as TVO to Muwema.
This follows a case filed by Muwema before the High Court in Ireland asking for an order to strip TVO who allegedly defamed him shortly after Mbabazi’s lawyer’s offices were broken into by what most people believed as the work of the state with the help of an insider.
TVO accused Muwema of stage-managing a raid at his law firm at the start of the presidential election petition in which Mbabazi a former prime minister unsuccessfully challenged President Yoweri Museveni’s election in the Supreme Court.
TVO also claimed that Muwema accepted Shs900m bribe to stage-manage the incident.
Facebook denied that it has a duty to remove the material.
In his ruling last Friday, Justice Donald Binchy, said that he was dismissing the application and its orders compelling Facebook to take down the page.
Commenting on the matter, Muwema told Daily Monitor on Monday that he was happy with the decision of the court.
“I am waiting for my lawyers to extract the order and for Facebook to comply with the same.”