MP Zaake transferred to Rubaga hospital

Thursday April 30 2020
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This photo taken on April 29, 2020 shows Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi visiting ailing Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake at Kiruddu Hospital. PHOTO BY JAMES KABENGWA

Ailing Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been transferred from Kiruddu hospital to Rubaga hospital where he’s currently undergoing treatment following alleged torture in police custody.
The MP was transferred Wednesday evening after his family members learnt that his health condition had worsened.

His wife, Bridget Namirembe told journalists that the MP’s condition deteriorated on Wednesday morning from Kiruddu hospital where he had been admitted before he was put on oxygen.
"However, doctors advised that he would need to be in intensive care unit which Kiruddu hospital doesn't have and that's why we asked for him to be transferred to a better health facility," she said.
The MP was allegedly tortured in detention following his arrest on April 19, 2020, for allegedly flouting a presidential directive against distribution of food. Police accused the MP of violating the social distancing guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona who's also one of Zaake's lawyers said they intend to file court suits against individual officers responsible for the MP’s torture.

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MP Zaake put on oxygen

Wednesday April 29 2020

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Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake is reportedly being treated with oxygen at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital in Kampala after his health condition deteriorated.
The MP was allegedly tortured in detention following his arrest on April 19, 2020, for allegedly flouting a presidential directive against distribution of food. Police accused the MP of violating the social distancing guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on Wednesday said his colleague’s health condition had deteriorated and that doctors were contemplating taking him into intensive care.

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MP Zaake cleared to seek treatment before trial

Monday April 27 2020

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Mr Elias Kakooza, the Mityana chief magistrate, on Monday ordered Mr Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, who was allegedly tortured in detention, to seek medical attention before his case is heard.

Mr Zaake was appearing before court on charges of attempted murder.

 He was arrested on April 19, for allegedly distributing food to his constituents. The state says that Mr Zaake violated social distancing guidelines that were spelt out by the government to control the spread of COVID-19.

According to Mr Kakooza, Mr Zaake is in a poor physical state to stand trial.

Mr Ibrahim Kamya, who represented Mr Zaake said that his client could neither walk nor talk which makes him unable to make any plea in court.

He said that before being transported to court in an ambulance, Mr Zaake had secured a medical referral letter to Nsambya Hospital.

There was heavy security deployment at the court and nearby

MP Zaake cleared to seek treatment before trial

Monday April 27 2020

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Mr Elias Kakooza, the Mityana chief magistrate, on Monday ordered Mr Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, who was allegedly tortured in detention, to seek medical attention before his case is heard.

Mr Zaake was appearing before court on charges of attempted murder.

 He was arrested on April 19, for allegedly distributing food to his constituents. The state says that Mr Zaake violated social distancing guidelines that were spelt out by the government to control the spread of COVID-19.

According to Mr Kakooza, Mr Zaake is in a poor physical state to stand trial.

Mr Ibrahim Kamya, who represented Mr Zaake said that his client could neither walk nor talk which makes him unable to make any plea in court.

He said that before being transported to court in an ambulance, Mr Zaake had secured a medical referral letter to Nsambya Hospital.

There was heavy security deployment at the court and nearby


“Hon Zaake’s health condition has worsened. He has now been placed on oxygen at Kiruddu hospital where he is admitted and still under police detention. The doctors are contemplating taking him into the ICU. A Member of Parliament is tortured to near death by regime enforcers!” Mr Kyagulanyi tweeted.
According to Mr Kyagulanyi, Zaake was brutalised by security operatives attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and police.
“He was brutalised by CMI and Police. While they tortured him, they demanded he denounces Bobi Wine and stops opposing President Museveni. Here we are again,” Mr Kyaguanyi added.

Police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga recently told journalists in Kampala that the MP’s torture claims would be investigated by relevant authorities.
When Mr Zaake appeared in court on April 27 to stand trial, Mr Elias Kakooza, the Mityana chief magistrate ordered him to seek medical attention before his case is heard.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday tasked police to investigate the MP’s torture claims.
“Police brutality is always prohibited, pandemic or no pandemic. Uganda’s authorities should urgently look into these allegations and hold those responsible to account,” said Oryem Nyeko, researcher at HRW was quoted as saying in the statement.

During his televised address on Tuesday, President Museveni also expressed dismay that the MP was arrested and detained for distributing food yet National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs and ministers, have been distributing the items, contrary to the coronavirus control guidelines.
"Why arrest MP Zaake and then you leave other people including NRM ministers?" Mr Museveni asked.

Uganda has thus far registered 79 COVID-19 cases and 52 recoveries, with no virus linked-deaths, according to Ministry of Health.

"We obtained an order for Zaake’s unconditional release which the police had disregarded. We had to resort to giving warnings to particular police officers that we intend to file individual suits against them for violating rights and disobeying court orders. Hon Zaake collapsed in the night and was put on oxygen. I want to thank Kiruddu hospital doctors who acted swiftly and put him on oxygen. We would be having a different story now. That's how we secured the bond. According to the president he's facing attempted murder charges while police on the other hand say different charges. We think he should not be facing any charge because they have tortured beyond imagination," Mr Sseggona told journalists on Wednesday.

According to him, Zaake cannot stand or sit because he was badly beaten and face bruised.
“He cannot see because something was sprayed in his eyes by the people who arrested him,” Mr Ssegona added.

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