Francis Zaake receives oxygen support
Mityana MP Francis Zaake on oxygen support. PHOTO/TWITTER/BOBI WINE

Mityana MP Francis Zaake receives ‘oxygen support’ after being reportedly tortured by Police and security operatives

Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality legislator health condition is said to have worsened. Zaake is currently receiving treatment at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital in Kampala and apparently on oxygen support.

Zaake’s colleague Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East legislator and the People Power leader through his twitter handle said on Wednesday 29 April 2020 that Zaake’s health condition had deteriorated and doctors were contemplating of transferring him into Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“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,” Kyagulanyi said via his Twitter account.

Kyagulanyi says Police and security operatives attached to the Chieftaincy of Military (CMI) brutally tortured Zaake asking him to denounce Bobi Wine and join President Museveni.

“He was brutalized by CMI and Police. While they tortured him, they demanded he denounces Bobi Wine and stops opposing President Museveni. Here we are again,” Kyagulanyi tweeted.

Francis Zaake receives oxygen support
Mityana MP Francis Zaake on oxygen support. PHOTO/TWITTER/BOBI WINE

President Museveni questions arrest of Zaake 

However, President Museveni during his Tuesday 28 April 29, 2020, address on the state of coronavirus condemned the act of arresting Zaake because he had violated the Presidential directive of banning the distribution of food by any person to communities apart from the COVID-19 task force and leave out the NRM members and Ministers who were also involved in distributing food in their community.

“The one who is interfering with the war against the virus by mixing the population contrary to the regulation, I think there we can warn them for the last time. Because that’s how Zaake has been arrested, how do you arrest Zaake for interfering with the anti-corona wars, and leave those of the NRM including Ministers? This one we shall have to learn from this bad experience” Museveni said.  

Addressing the press recently in Kampala, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga mentioned that Zaake’s torture claims would be investigated.

However, when Zaake appeared before the Mityana Chief Magistrate, Elias Kakooza to stand trial on April 27, he declined to hear the case asking they take him for medical attention before the trial due to the condition Zaake was in, he couldn’t see nor stand.

Police then offered Zaake a Police bond but he did sign because he couldn’t see, stand, sit and now still under Police detention.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Researcher Oryem Nyeko on Tuesday tasked Police to investigate Zaake’s torture claims saying Police brutality is uncalled for in any situation whatsoever. 

“Police brutality is always prohibited, pandemic or no pandemic. Uganda’s authorities should urgently look into these allegations and hold those responsible to account,” Nyeko said.