of Foreign Affairs, Gen. Odongo Jeje says that discussions are going on between
Uganda, Turkey and Interpol regarding the fate of Ugandan blogger, Fred
Lumbuye, who was arrested two weeks ago in Turkey, is in trouble for among
others being the source of a rumour that dominated social media in July
indicating that President Museveni was very ill and was admitted to a
hospital in Germany. The following days he took his allegations to even another
level when he announced that Museveni had died from the hospital where he had
Speaking a few days later, President Museveni, said the country has got another
challenge of social media, which needs to be dealt with urgently. He ordered
security agencies to hunt down anybody who is trading rumours that he was dead
and for those outside the country, their citizenship should be revoked.
before Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, Gen. Odongo said that
the situation and position regarding his status is a matter of discussions that
are going on between Uganda, Turkey and Interpol.
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However, Nkunyingi Muwadda, the Kyadondo East MP who is also the Shadow
Minister for Foreign Affairs questioned whether Lumbuye was deported to Uganda
or still in Turkey. He noted earlier reports by Okello Oryem the State Minister
for Foreign Affairs (International Affairs) indicated that Lumbuye had been
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In response, Oryem denied the reports saying that he had never said that
Lumbuye was deported.
“I beg not to be misquoted by my colleague, the Shadow Minister. At no time,
did I say that Lumbuye was deported? I said, he is supposed to be
deported…those were my specific words. I am very careful with my words,” said
The Minister further denied that he never said that Lumbuye would be produced
in the court of law in Uganda but rather, at an appropriate time be produced by
the relevant offices in the court of law.