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Minister Oryem to Ugandans: ‘Go and look for survival, Lumbuye won’t feed your families’

Foreign Affairs State Minister, Henry Okello Oryem (Photo/FIle)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Henry Okello Oryem has bashed off Ugandans demanding to know the whereabouts of blogger Fred Lumbuye who was reportedly arrested in Turkey weeks ago to instead channel their energy into working for their families.

Oryem had about two weeks ago came out publicly and disclosed that Lumbuye would be deported back home and face trials, something which Ugandans have waited for but in vain.

Oryem made the comments on Tuesday while appearing on Morning At NTV, the strong speaking Oryem hesitated to reveal whether Lumbye was in the country or not contrary to his earlier position when he briefed journalists that Lumbuye had been on a plane en-route to Uganda.

“He is alive, people shouldn’t be worried about him. The relevant authorities will at the right time bring him before courts of law. People should be busy looking for survival, not asking about Lumbuye,” he said.

He added: “People should go around trying to look for their survival, they should work hard to look after their families and increase their household income. In Uganda, there are many things that are more important than Lumbuye.”

Speaking on the same case recently, Police said that Lumbuye was 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.

“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.

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