KAMPALA – Police have said that Turkey-based Ugandan blogger Fred Lumbuye is not in their custody.
The force’s spokesperson Fred Enanga, however, revealed that they have 15 cases that they will bring against him once he is handed over.
This was said on Monday morning during Security Task Force Spokespersons addressing the media on the general security situation in the country at Police Headquarters Naguru.
“We want to tell the public that we have about 15 files on Lumbuye that we are investigating.”
“Until Fred Kajubi Lumbuye is handed to the police, we will make a statement on him and process him along the 15 files.”
The immigration spokesperson Jacob Siminyu said that he doesn’t have any information about the entry of Lumbuye into the country.
“When we get the information, I will let you know,” he added.
Lumbuye, who has been for long wanted by the Ugandan government 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.
In many of his vlogs, Lumbuye could be seen donning the popular red beret attached to the people power movement and its supporters in Uganda.
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.
On Friday, the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem said that Lumbuye would be deported back home on Saturday.
However, the government has since remained tight-lipped on his whereabouts.