11 October 2018

Uganda: Police Pick MP Zaake From Plane, Drive Him Home

Entebbe — Police have picked the Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, from the plane after touching ground at Entebbe Airport and whisked him away to his home in Mityana.

Hon Zaake arrived at Entebbe airport at about 7:00AM from India where he had gone to receive specialised treatment after he was allegedly tortured by SFC soldiers in Arua.

MP Zaake's wife Ms Bridget Namirembe told Daily Monitor that as soon the plane touched ground, police officers who were on standby immediately picked Zaake from the plane and put him in a waiting police van before speeding off.

"When I tried to get off the plane and follow, I was told by airport authorities that I would be arrested and I was informed our luggage was also taken," she said.

Ms Namirembe said they had been scheduled to arrive at Entebbe airport aboard Kenya Airways but in a bid to beat security, they changed their flight to Jumbo jet from which police got Zaake.

His lawyer Mr Asuman Basalirwa described the manner in which Zaake was picked from the plane as unlawful.

"Mr Zaake reached the airport when it was approaching 7am but they didn't allow him to get off the plane and took him off. We had planned to take him to Mityana for prayers," he said.



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