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Police blocks Zaake travel abroad

Mityana Municipality MP Francis has been released from Lubaga Hospital and later barred from taking the flight to India by Entebbe Airport Authorities (FILE PHOTO)

ENTEBBE: Police has reportedly blocked ailing Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake from flying out of the country to access medical treatment in India, informing his family and lawyers that the embattled Legislator needs clearance from Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID).

The Legislator left Lubaga hospital this morning, where he had been on treatment for various ailments after unknown people dumped him two weeks back and the medical team had advised Zaake’s family to seek specialized treatment in India.

His trip from Lubaga hospital had gone on smoothly until the team arrived at Entebbe International Airport and were stopped at VIP Lounge, with the Police officers at the premises telling Zaake’s lawyers and family that they had to seek authorization from CIID boss, Grace Akullo for him to fly out.

Zaake’s lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa told journalists at Entebbe that they had been informed by security officers that Zaake can’t fly out until there is security clearance from CIID.
Following that communiqué, the Legislator’s Legal team attempted to get in touch with Akullo, with Basalirwa arguing that the CIID chief was responding to neither their calls nor messages.

Lawyer Asuman Basalirwa speaks to journalists at Entebbe Airport after Police barred ailing Mityana Municipality MP Zaake from flying to India for further treatment (PML Daily PHOTO)

“We are trying to send messages to various Government officials, the Prime Minister and others to see if this matter can be sorted out because as far as we are concerned, Zaake isn’t wanted, those who were wanted were arrested and they are out on bail. He wasn’t on the list of those presented in court so we still up to now don’t know why Government is frustrating his movements outside the country,”

Basalirwa revealed that Zaake is scheduled to return on 30th September and cautioned that if Police really need Zaake, they will have to wait until his return and would be free to pick him from the airport and drive him straight to CIID Headquarters in Kibuli.

“If security wants him, they can pick him up from the VIP lounge and take him wherever they want. But what we want to advise, if Government isn’t very careful they want, they can if Government isn’t careful, Zaake can easily die, I don’t know how they will try to handle the situation,” Basalirwa said.

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