MALE MABIRIZI DRAGS MTN & AIRTEL TO COURT OVER 4.5 GB OF DATA LOSS

Controversial city lawyer, Male Mabirizi has dragged telecom giants MTN Uganda and Airtel Uganda to court for consuming his data bundles during the five days internet shut down. On January 13, government shut down internet on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections and in his suit, Mabirizi says he had purchased a total of 4.5 GB on his lines which he did not use. On Monday when government restored internet connection, Mabirizi says he hoped to use his data but only to find it had already been consumed by the respective telecom companies.The lawyer argues that on January 12, two days to the polls, he realized he was not able to access social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook to which he was told that government had ordered telecom companies to disconnect them. He adds that a day later, on January,13, he realized he could not access the entire internet as the connection had been cut off. “Despite the above disconnections, the respondents respectively continued consuming the data bundles as if the situation was normal and on 14th January 2021, the second respondent cut off my bundles followed by the first respondent on January 19 2021,” he says. Mabirizi wants court to order the two telecom companies to refund his data and that of million Ugandans that was consumed during the five day internet shut down.

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