Muwada Nkunyingi, a member of Parliament from Kyadondo East and the Opposition’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, has confirmed seeing controversial YouTuber and government critic Fred Lumbuye in Turkey.
Nkunyingi, who claims to have been on a fact-finding trip in Turkey since news of Lumbuye’s detention broke, now states that he has located the YouTuber after a month-long search throughout Turkey.
Lumbuye is currently detained at the Koceli Vililigi foreigners’ detention center in Istanbul, Turkey, according to the Legislator in a Wednesday update on social media.
“He is alive and well despite being bored in one location. He believes they informed him he would be detained for six months,” Nkunyigi wrote in a Facebook post.
Lumbuye, according to Nkunyingi, wants to achieve his freedom and relocate to a country other than Uganda.
Lumbuye is not permitted to chat on the phone, write, or take photos at the present, according to the MP, but they were given time to talk to him physically without recording anything.
“They stated it was because his detention was being watched by the Turkish government, but they advised us through the lawyers on how to handle the details of his wishes,” Nkunyigi explained.
They are currently in contact with Turkish lawyers, according to Nkunyingi, and are planning to continue their attempts to help him get out of detention.
Nkunyingi’s comments come at a time when many Ugandans and supporters of the blogger are concerned about his whereabouts.
Last month, the government said that Lumbuye was in their possession and that he would be extradited to Uganda to face charges.
When Lumbuye was not presented, the government’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Okello Oryem, eventually backed down and declared they had done their bit.
Several sources had previously stated that Lumbuye was being held in Gulu for further questioning; however, Minister Oryem was unable to substantiate these assertions.