KAMPALA, 23 March 2021 – The Ugandan government says it has an American in custody arrested “for his alleged involvement in anti-government subversive activities”.
Guy Smith is being detained while police pursue investigations.
“Any new information will be communicated accordingly,” a statement posted Tuesday on social media by Ugandan police read in part.
Smith was arrested Sunday at Fort Portal in Uganda’s western region, according to a social media post.
The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the 63-year-old Smith, who is a retired builder, was arrested in his home reportedly for spying.
The U.S. State Department has told reporters in an email that State Department is aware of the arrest and detention.
“We have seen reports of a detained US citizen in Uganda. Whenever a US citizen is detained overseas, we stand ready to provide all appropriate consular services,” a U.S. State Department official said in response to questions from journalists.
President Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been in power for over three decades, stepped up his government’s crackdown on dissidents in the lead-up to the country’s presidential election last January.
The election commission said Museveni won 58.64 percent of the votes cast, while opposition Wine received 34.83 percent of the vote.
Turnout in the election was relatively low with under ten million of the country’s 18 million eligible voters casting a ballot.