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Mukono MP Nambooze reported in critical condition

MP Betty Nambooze on drip at Nagalama Police Post.

Police on Friday evening declined to speak to journalists about the medical condition of incarcerated Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze.

It was reported on Friday that Ms Nambooze was in a bad condition at Nagalama Police Station. Ms Nambooze was on Wednesday picked from her home in Mukono by police officers in connection with a social media post she published about the death of fellow MP Ibrahim Abiriga.

Nambooze was reportedly arrested on the orders of the director of Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) Grace Akullo. She was released on Wednesday but rearrested on Thursday.

Nambooze was on Monday put under investigation for her communication on social media before and after the death of Arua municipality MP Abiriga and his brother Saidi Butele Kongo last week on Friday.

She is implicated by a video recorded by NTV during the age limit debate which has been circulating on social media. In the video, Nambooze explains how easy it is to attack Abiriga even with his bodyguards all around him.

“We are holding her on charges of offensive communication contrary to Section 20 of the Computer Misuse Act. We are still inquiring into the other suspects,” the police spokesperson in charge Criminal Investigations Vincent Ssekate said in an interview.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima on Friday referred our reporter to Mr Ssekate but our repeated calls to the CID spokesperson went unanswered by press time.

“Her condition is worrying and anything can happen. She has been made to lie on two benches in the office of the OC CID, and its on these benches that a young medical practitioner is helplessly looking at her,” a statement by fellow MP Francis Mwijukye reads in part.

Mr Mwijukye adds: “She has been put on drip through the window of the office and the police officers are monitoring as her condition deteriorates. She can neither sit nor stand.

The Buhweju MP further stated that police officers in Nagalama say they have no authority and that their work is only custodial.

“Mp Bakireke Nambooze was yesterday pulled out from her hospital bed in Mukono taken to kireka before an order was made that she be taken back to Nagalama despite the police bond that she had,” Mr Mwijukye stated.

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