ANKALA – Turkey-based Ugandan anti-government blogger, Fred Lumbuye has reportedly been arrested.
According to social media reports, the National Unity Platform’s (NUP) is said to have been kidnapped on Tuesday and taken to unknown destination.
Fellow bloggers claim that he was arrested by Ugandan embassy in Turkey following attempts to renew his passport.
The motormouthed blogger is known for making reckless statements online via Facebook Live against President Museveni, the first family, Buganda Kingdom, Katikiro Peter Mayiga and other government personalities.
There are claims that the government of Uganda is planning to extradite him and charge him in courts of law.
Lumbuye once said that President Museveni has no capacity of arresting him. He said government has been looking for him for four years but the Turkish embassy has been rejecting their requests.
In July, 2021, the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Department, Charles Twine said that security agencies had intensified efforts in tracking the blogger whom they say was the prime orchestrator of the devastating news of the ‘death’ of president Museveni.
This followed President Museveni’s directive to security services to quickly investigate and follow up individuals who peddle false news on social media.
“We need to solve this issue.. it is not security but an idiotic problem..social media. Social media has been saying Museveni is dead. When I went to Bombo people were looking…. Because they had been told by social media that Museveni is dead. Security service needs to solve that problem. They need to check and locate quickly, the one who tells such as story and waste peoples time. They should go for you, locate where you are and come for you. If you are in Europe, we denounce you. Say go to hell! he said.