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Police grab Zaake from plane, drive him home

Ailing Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake was on Thursday, Oct. 11 picked up by Police at Entebbe and driven to his home in Mityana (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The lawyer of Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has described as panicky and unlawful the decision by police to grab the legislator from the plane after arriving at Entebbe International Airport and driven to his home in Mityana District.

Zaake, who has been in India for over a month, arrived at Entebbe Airport at around 7.20am on Thursday morning but police did not allow him to get off the plane. They immediately picked him and put him in a waiting police van and drove off to Mityana, leaving his wife Bridget Namirembe stranded and bewildered.

The police later dropped him in Mityana at his home.

But his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa described the move as illegal and a denial of the MP’s freedom of movement.

“Mr Zaake reached the airport when it was approaching 7 am 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.

Ms Namirembe later told journalists how she was humiliated by police.

“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.

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