MP Zaake Speaks Out after Dramatic Return: I’ve Gone through Hell
My Health Condition Has Worsened: Zaake Accuses Police of Torture on Return
Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi has told reporters that his condition had worsened upon his return from India.
Zaake had spent over 40 days at Manipal Hospital in India following the August 13 election violence in the West Nile district of Arua.
In the violence that happened on the last day of campaign rallies for the Arua Municipality byelection to replace slain MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga, Yasin Kawuma, a driver to MP and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine lost his life.
Chaos broke out after elite Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers attempted to restore calm after supporters of Bobi Wine and now Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri Ezati stoned President Yoweri Museveni’s luggage car during an attack on his convoy.
Over 30 Ugandans face treason charges over the incident.
Zaake returned to Uganda Thursday morning.
He came aboard Jumbojet, instead of Kenya Airways, to evade police arrest.
But as soon as the plane touched down at Entebbe International Airport, police officers whisked Zaake away, bundled him into a waiting van and drove him to his home in Mityana.
Speaking to reporters, Zaake said his arrest had made his health situation worse.
In Francis Zaake’s Words…
Zaake Thanks Ugandans for Praying for Him Upon Return from India
“I wish to thank the people who have managed to welcome me. I thank all the people of Mityana, the people of Uganda for their prayers, my colleagues, my family for being there for me, for not keeping me in the dark but for always keeping me in the light.”
I was Tortured; My Situation Worsened on Return
“I was feeling somehow better but now [because] of what I have just passed through, it has just worsened the condition.
“The way the police’s so-called health workers have tortured me; it was so inhuman; it has just worsened my pain. I have a lot of pain in the head, in the neck, my back, and more so in the legs and joints.”