Okello Oryem, the Foreign Affairs State Minister, confirmed to URN Lumbuye's deportation. He, however, denied claims that he was taken to the Turkish Embassy, saying that it wasn’t necessary since he was formally handed over to the government before deportation.
Renowned Ugandan blogger, Fred Lumbuye is
being held at an unknown location in the country, URN has learnt. According to
security sources, Lumbuye arrived in the country aboard Turkish Airlines,
which torched down at Entebbe International Airport around 3 am.
He was held at the police station in the passenger terminal for two
hours where he was interrogated and whisked off to Kampala. Multiple security
sources say that Lumbuye was escorted by Turkish security operatives who took
him through immigration and the police station for clearance.
"He was taken to the Turkish Embassy for further management and has now
been handed over officially to the government," one of the sources says. Okello
Oryem, the Foreign Affairs State Minister, confirmed to URN Lumbuye's
deportation. He, however, denied claims that he was taken to the Turkish Embassy,
saying that it wasn’t necessary since he was formally handed over to the
government before deportation.
“Lumbuye is in the safe hands of the government,” he said. He, however,
declined to reveal where he is being held for security purposes and not to
attract crowds. Oryem also castigated journalists who were to the airport
to witness Lumbuye's arrival.
"I warned you all not to go to the airport. I told you that you
won't get access to the airside. So why did you go to the airport?” he asked. He was responding to claims that officers
from the Special Forces Command had chased journalists from the entrance of the
airport on Saturday morning.
Some airport workers told URN that there was heavy deployment between 12 am to 9 am with strict access requirements at the main entrance of the airport. Oryem
says that after interrogations, Lumbuye will be produced in the courts of law
to answer charges."
Lumbuye, who has been living 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 actually died from the hospital where he had been taken.
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.
Lumbuye’s online associates say that he was arrested at the Ugandan Embassy in
Istanbul where he had gone to renew his passport. On Friday, Charles
Twine, the Spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, said that the government had plans of going through known protocols to arrest all Ugandans
using social media to tarnish the country’s image.