Ugandan critic in Turkey to face 15 cases – police

Police in Uganda say they have 15 complaints on file against Turkey-based Ugandan blogger and government critic Fred Lumbuye.

They have not disclosed the details of the complaints.

Mr Lumbuye, whose content is mostly in the Luganda language, is linked to igniting speculation in June about President Yoweri Museveni’s health.

President Museveni subsequently issued a directive for the arrest of people who use social media to publish misinformation and fake news.

Last week, Ugandan government officials said that the blogger, who is popular on Facebook, had been arrested and would be extradited home to face charges.

But both the police and immigration officials have told the media that Mr Lumbuye is not in their custody yet.

Mr Lumbuye was highly critical of Mr Museveni in the period leading up to the January 2021 elections, and used his social media accounts to campaign for opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

In one of his videos, he gave his followers tips on how to make petrol bombs to throw at the security forces who regularly violently dispersed opposition supporters.

He has also previously alleged in his tweets that the media had been paid “to promote Covid-19”.

Lawyers have told the BBC they are trying to fight Mr Lumbuye’s deportation.

If he is extradited, it will be unprecedented as Uganda has not tried to have critics abroad brought home for trial before.

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