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MP Zaake remanded for three weeks

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Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, has been remanded to Gulu main prison after being leveled with charges of treason.

Zaake was last night picked at Clock Tower in Kampala and detained at central Police station (CPS) before being taken to Arua over chaotic scenes that proceeded the conclusion of municipality by- election campaigns.

MP Zaake was arrested on Augusts 13, hours after holding their conclusive rallies head of the Arua by-election that was won by Kassiano Wadri. He was nabbed along with Robert Kyagulanyi, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, Kassiano Wadri, former MP Michael Mabikke, and 28 others grappling with charges of treason and malicious damage of president’s vehicle.

The MP is among the group of the 34 suspects who were detained in Gulu police cells and was reportedly dumped at Rubaga hospital by unknown security officers following the deterioration of his health condition. President Museveni reportedly said he had escaped.

Appearing before Justice Lubowa Daniel, Zaake was charged with escaping from lawful custody however through his layers led by Counsel Tony Kitara, he applied for bail.

His application was however objected and released on Shs 50million non cash bail as his sureties were bound to pay shs50million noncash.

Conversely he was re-arrested and driven to Gulu magistrates’ Court where he has been leveled with charges of treason and malicious damage of president’s vehicle.

Magistrate Isaac Kintu, said Zaake has no chance of taking plea since Court has no jurisdictions to handle criminal cases and adjourned the matter to march 14, 2019.

Zaake who was averred to have been tortured during and after his arrest, was denied exit at Entebbe International Airport for medical treatment in India due to lack of clearance from government medical board, a body that is responsible for assessing health conditions of patients who are scheduled to receive treatment at the expense of tax payers’ money and CID the head by Grace AKulo.

Since his arrest, he was occasionally blocked from fleeing for further treatment not until he was charged and released on police bond. He was treated in one of the fancy healthy facilities in India.

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