Fred Lumbuye

Kyadondo East MP Nkunyingi Muwada has revealed that Ugandan blogger and ardent supporter of National Unity Platform (NUP) Fred Kajubi Lumbuye is held at Kocaeli Valiligi Foreigners Detention Centre in Turkey.

Lumbuye was last month arrested at the Ugandan Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey where he had gone to renew his passport. Since then, Lumbuye had not been seen anywhere despite all efforts made by NUP lawyers in Uganda and Turkey.

“Lumbuye is alive and quite well though bored being in one place. He claims that he had been told that he will stay in the detention centre for six months. His wish is to secure his freedom and possibly relocate to another Country but not Uganda,” Muwada said.

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“He applauded you all for caring for his safety. Unfortunately he is not allowed to speak on phone, write or take photos on grounds that the detention facility is monitored by the Turkish Government. We were guided through the lawyers on how to process the details of his wishes,” Muwada said.

Upon arrest, Minister for foreign affairs Okello Oryem confirmed that the blogger was to be deported to Uganda. A plane aboard Lumbuye was expected to touchdown at Entebbe International airport on 7th August 2021.

“Lumbuye will be in Uganda tomorrow morning. On arrival he will be put in custody and later brought to book for inciting sectarianism using social media,” the minister said.

Later reports indicated that Lumbuye was detained at Gulu Air base barracks and later Nakasongola. Eagle Online could independently not verify the information since the Army Spokesperson Brig. Gen Flavia Byekwaso dismissed the reports.

Lumbuye is accused of peddling lies that President Museveni was ill and admitted to a hospital in Germany. This was followed by the claims that Museveni had died.

During the swearing in ceremony of ministers, Museveni said the country has got another challenge of social media, which urgently needs to be dealt with. He ordered security agencies to hunt down anybody who was trading rumors that he was dead and for those outside the country, their citizenship be revoked.