‘‘It’s terrible’’ –Kadaga on seeing the torture inflicted on MP Zaake

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The speaker of parliament Hon. Rebbeca Kadaga on Friday checked on Hon. Francis Zaake and Hon. Kato Lubwama at Lubaga Hospital and Medipal Hospital respectively.
At Lubaga Hospital, the speaker was saddened by acts of torture meted on the Mityana municipality MP.
‘’I’m saddened to hear about acts of torture that continue to be meted on some Ugandans; it’s sad that this was reportedly inflicted upon an MP.’’ the Speaker said.



She added: When Zaake was arrested, he seemed to cooperate and walked himself to a van; it was shocking to see him days later being carried to court on a stretcher writhing in pain.
A strong advocate against human rights abuse, Kadaga promised to take up the issue with relevant authorities.
Police arrested Zaake at his home in Mityana, as he distributed food to people hard hit by the Covid-19 restrictions. The police held Zaake at the Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, and initially denied his lawyers and family members access to him.



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On April 22, police transferred Zaake to the Iran-Uganda Hospital in Naguru, where he was being treated for an undisclosed condition while remaining in police custody.

I took time to visit Hon. Francis Zaake and Hon. Kato Lubwama today at Lubaga Hospital and Medipal Hospital respectively. I’m saddened to hear about acts of torture that continue to be meted on some Ugandans; it’s sad that this was reportedly inflicted upon an MP. When Zaake was arrested, he seemed to cooperate and walked himself to a van; it was shocking to see him days later being carried to court on a stretcher writhing in pain. I am a strong advocate against human rights abuse and this among other incidents, I intend to take up with relevant authorities. It’s however, reassuring to notice that both Zaake and Kato Lubwama are responding to treatment.

Posted by Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Friday, May 1, 2020

The police have denied reports that Zaake was tortured, but three witnesses who saw Zaake told Human Rights Watch that he was unable to walk and appeared to have been severely beaten.



Paul Mwiru, a parliament member who managed to visit Zaake while he was in detention in Kireka, said Zaake could not see and had flesh missing from his chest: “They had beaten his back. He had a lot of bruises in the face. He would not move, because they had hit him so badly.”



Hon. Meddard Sseggona Lubega, Zaake’s lawyer, who visited Zaake in hospital, also saw his injuries: “His legs were swollen, and his head was bruised.” Lubega said Zaake told him that soldiers tortured him while he was detained. Television news footage at the time of Zaake’s arrest on April 19 shows him able to walk without any apparent injuries

I took time to visit Hon. Francis Zaake and Hon. Kato Lubwama today at Lubaga Hospital and Medipal Hospital respectively. I’m saddened to hear about acts of torture that continue to be meted on some Ugandans; it’s sad that this was reportedly inflicted upon an MP. When Zaake was arrested, he seemed to cooperate and walked himself to a van; it was shocking to see him days later being carried to court on a stretcher writhing in pain. I am a strong advocate against human rights abuse and this among other incidents, I intend to take up with relevant authorities. It’s however, reassuring to notice that both Zaake and Kato Lubwama are responding to treatment.

Posted by Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Friday, May 1, 2020

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