Robert Shaka Drags Andrew Mwenda to Court

IT specialist and social media activist Robert Shaka is dragging the Independent Magazine proprietor Andrew Mwenda to court seeking up to Shs 300million in damages for defamation.

Mr Shaka claims the veteran journalist and political economic analyst Mwenda maliciously and wrongly named him among three people who are running the anonymous pseudo Facebook account of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO).

In his ongoing series of posts purportedly to expose FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, page Mwenda claimed on January  28 that Shaka together with Abby Semuwemba who started Ugandans at Heart and one Henry Rugasira were the ones running the TVO account.

He described the trio as radical extremists who support Col Dr Kizza Besigye.

Through his lawyers of Odokel and Co Advocates, approved Mr Shaka demanded that Mwenda pulls down the Facebook post and pays him 300million shillings as well as the lawyers’ fees, page or they’d meet in court.

In the notice to sue papers served to Mwenda, the lawyers started that he “without any incline of truth or justification,” he maliciously and unlawfully linked Shaka to TVO.

This post, they said, had the effect of causing public scandal, shame, hatred, mistrust and ridicule both locally and internationally.

Mr Mwenda was given 5 days from Thursday to comply or they commence the suit.

In June 2015, the same Robert Shaka was picked up by security and detained for days on allegations that he had defamed President Yoweri Museveni through the TVO account.

The 40 year old was charged under the Article 25 of the Computer Misuse Act  for violating  Museveni’s Privacy.

He however challenged this Act in the Constitutional Court last year, putting his trial on hold.

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