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TVO goes on trial after Muwema sues Facebook


Uganda social media critic going under the pseudonym Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO) will go on trial Wednesday in a case where lawyer Fred Muwema sued Facebook.

In the defamation case, TVO claimed Muwema stage managed a raid at his offices in exchange of Shs800m paid to him by the government of Uganda.

The raid came at a time former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s election petition was being heard at Supreme Court in Kampala.

TVO alleged that Information Minister Jim Muhwezi delivered the Shs800m to Muwema.

According to a notice of motion quoted by Daily Monitor, the case comes up for mention on Wednesday (June 1), at 10:30am at the High court in Ireland sitting at Four Curts, Inns Quay in the city of Dublin.

Muwema now wants the court to order Facebook to reveal the identity of TVO and avail him particulars touching his location to allow him initiate proceedings.

Muwema also seeks a permanent order pursuant to section 33 of the Defamation Act 2009 prohibiting the publication of the Facebook page of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga hosted by Facebook and articles titled Betrayal in the city posted on March 17.

Muwema’s lawyer Andrew Walker from Lavelle Solicitors located in St James House, Adelaide road in Dublin wants Facebook Ireland Limited, which oversees the American firm’s Africa operations, to bring down the content his client claims has down sized his standing in public as a service provider.

This is the second time an attempt is made to Facebook to reveal the identity of TVO, the first coming from government which requested the firm to share his identity in vain.

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