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Uganda Police: Lumbuye is not in our custody but 15 charges await him

Uganda Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda Police has said Turkey-based Ugandan blogger Fred Lumbuye alias ‘Chemical Ali’ is not in their custody but a total of 15 cases are awaiting him.

This was revealed during a weekly security briefing in Naguru on Monday where police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga told journalists that Lumbuye is not yet in their custody but up to 15 cases that the motormouthed blogger is set to be charged with once he is handed over.

We want to tell the public that as police, we have 15 case files against Lumbuye under investigation for spreading harmful propaganda, sharing videos asking the public to protest, inciting chaos among the public and other cyber-crimes,” Enanga said.

The news of Lumbuye alleged arrest marred the internet on Wednesday last week with reports claiming the toxic NUP leaning blogger was arrested in Turkey as he attempted to renew his expired VISA.

The development was last week confirmed by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem who told journalists on Friday that the plane transporting Lumbuye was expected to land the following day at Entebbe International Airport before he is charged with promoting sectarianism and instigating violence.

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“Anybody who commits a crime in any country whatsoever will pay the price for committing crime, that person you are talking about is not special. Who is he to think that he is above the law,” Minister Oryem said.

However, despite the Minister’s confirmation about Lumbuye’s deportation, the blogger is yet to be seen anywhere in Uganda.

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Section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act section 25 stipulates that any person who communicates in a manner that ridicules or offends a person without any justification commits an offence.

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