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MP Zaake remains stuck at Kiruddu as his condition continues to deteriorate

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi still stuck in Mulago Hospital, pending for medical examination before cleared to travel abroad for further treatment. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake remains stuck in Mulago Hospital Kiruddu after the team of doctors assigned to examine him not showing up.

Relatives to the tortured MP have told this website that they have been waiting for the doctors in vain. They also expressed fear that MP Zaake is abandoned in the facility and his condition is worsening.

“His condition is just worsening from the time we came to Kiruddu. He got an attack on Saturday night at around 2pm and from that time up to now he has not been given anything. The condition is just getting poorer and we don’t know what to do. We have tried to talk to the security agencies who brought him here but they say they are waiting for the report from the doctors assigned to examine him,” Dan Mugambwa, a relative to the youthful MP said.

Mr Zaake and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine were on Thursday evening blocked from travelling abroad for specialised treatment and police subsequently booked them into government’s Kiruddu hospital.

Mr Zaake was immediately put under arrest in connection with the alleged stoning of a presidential vehicle.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said Mr Zaake would be released on police bond to travel to India for specialised care after government doctors have examined him.

While at Kiruddu hospital, Mr Zaake reportedly rejected government doctors since he couldn’t trust them. Police insist that the bedridden legislator will not be allowed to leave the country unless he has accepted to be examined by government doctors.

The Hippocratic Oath, an oath historically taken by physicians does not allow doctors to conduct any medical procedure on patients without their consent. This is contained in the Medical & Dental Practitioners Act & the Code of Ethics for Medical and Dental Practitioners.

According to Zaake’s wife, Ms Bridget Namirembe, her husband was not ready to be examined by government doctors because he does not trust them because according to him, people who work for the same government put him in his current condition.

Lawyer Nicolas Opiyo representing the embattled legislators said he was not satisfied with the form of medical examination the government doctors did on Bobi Wine.

He said that should have been done at the airport on Thursday instead of delaying him for another 24 hours. He said the doctors who spent about 24 minutes in the room only checked on Bobi Wine and asked him a few questions as they recorded notes.

“When the doctors came in, they were fast to dismiss the medical results made by doctors from other hospitals. They did not take any samples or do any scans, I think all they came to do is make the President [Museveni] satisfied with his claims that the two MPs are in good condition,” Mr Opiyo said.

 

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