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Foreign Affairs Ministers Jeje Odong, Okello Oryem clash over Lumbuye

Fred Lumbuye was reportedly arrested in Turkey at the beginning of this month (Photo/File)

PARLIAMENT, KAMPALA: The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Jeje Odong and his deputy, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem have classed over the whereabouts of acrimonious blogger and popular government critic Fred Kajubi Lumbuye.

Lumbuye, an NUP-leaning blogger was earlier this month reportedly arrested at the Ugandan Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey where he had gone to renew his passport. Since then, Lumbuye has not been seen anywhere despite all efforts made by NUP lawyers in Uganda and Turkey.

Upon arrest, Oryem confirmed that the blogger was to be deported to Uganda. A plane aboard Lumbuye was expected to touchdown at Entebbe International airport on 7th August 2021.

“Lumbuye will be in Uganda tomorrow morning. On arrival he will be put in custody and later brought to book for inciting sectarianism using social media,” the minister said earlier.

Appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament Oryem denied earlier statements he made noting that at no time did he say that Lumbuye was deported. “I said he is supposed to be deported,” he said.

Jeje Odongo however said that Fred Lumbuye’s deportation from Turkey is still a discussion between the Ugandan government and that of Turkey.

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

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.

Read also: Lawyers petition high court over Lumbuye

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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