- August 4, 2021
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Government Finally Speaks Out On Blogger Lumbuye’s Arrest
Foreign Affairs state minister, Okello Oryem says Turkey-based Ugandan blogger and government critic Fred Lumbuye is not above the law amidst arrest allegations.
According to reports from the Ugandan Community in Istanbul- Turkey, Lumbuye was arrested by yet to be known people.
Oryem, while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Wednesday morning, said that ‘criminals’ if arrested, should not be sympathized with.
“I heard that he has been arrested. And if he’s arrested because of a crime he committed, then he deserves to be arrested because of that crime. Anybody who commits a crime in any country whatsoever will pay the price for committing for breaking the law, including in Uganda. That person you’re talking about is not a special person. Who is he that he can be above the law irrespective of where he’s he is! The law is very clear in all countries; you break the law, you pay the penalty. So if he broke the law then he will pay the price,” Mr Oryem said.
“And I would have thought that every single one of you would be jubilating that this person committed a crime and he’s been arrested and being brought before the court of law but now it seems you’re sympathizing with him,” he added.
The minister, although lacking details on Lumbuye’s arrest, said that if he has indeed been arrested, then he deserves it because of the crimes he has committed.
Oryem said that no one should think that they are ‘untouchable’ no matter where they are based around the world. Oryem said if Lumbuye broke the law, let him pay the price.
“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?” Oryem added.
Sources in Istanbul, Turkey claim that Lumbuye was arrested when he tried to renew his expired passport at the Ugandan Embassy in Turkey.
They said that Lumbuye sent his passport, but officials seized it, prompting him to show up. He was then arrested.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, saying that by press time, the Ugandan Embassy in Ankara was yet to receive official communication from the relevant law enforcement authorities in Turkey in regard to this case.
Security agencies and police have in the past few months called Lumbuye ‘toxic’ and warned that he would be arrested for spreading propaganda on government officials via his Facebook and YouTube channels.
Lumbuye has been popular on social media where he is a renowned anti-government activist.