THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA Coram: Buteera, DCJ, Kakuru, Bamugemereire, Madrama and Mulyagonja, JJCC 5 CONSTITUTIONAL PETITION NO. 0016 OF 2017 1. UNWANTED WITNESS-UGANDA 2. TUMUHIMBISE NORMAN 10 ::::::::::::::::::::::::PETITIONERS VERSUS ATTORNEY GENERAL :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: RESPONDENT JUDGMENT OF IRENE MULYAGONJA, JCC 15 Introduction This petition was brought under Article 137 (3) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and rule 3 of the Constitutional Court (Petitions and References) Rules, S.I 91 of 2015. The petition was to challenge the shutdown of social media by the respondent and the 20 blocking or shutting down of access to mobile money services during the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in February 2016 and the swearing in of the President-Elect in May 2016. The grounds of the petition were that: 1. The blocking or shutting down of social media by the respondent 25 during the presidential, parliamentary and local (sic) elections in February 2016 was inconsistent with, and violated Article 29 (1) (a) of the Constitution and the guaranteed right to freedom of speech and expression. 1

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