KAMPALA – Anti-riot police is currently engaged in running battles with residents of Mityana Municipality who are protesting the arrest and alleged torture of their MP, Francis Zaake.
Zaake was arrested early this week for distributing relief food to residents in defiance of presidential directives on containing the spread of coronavirus.
But the legislator is currently admitted to Naguru Hospital in Kampala amid reports by his fellow legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine that he was tortured.
As a result, Zaake’s supporters in Mityana Town on Saturday took to the streets, lit tyres and tree branches and blocked roads.
Police swung into action trying to contain the protests, leading to firing of teargas. The protesters also threw stones at police, leading to many arrests.
The exchange is going on at the moment and PML Daily will keep you updated.
On Friday, the Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) denied reports that the legislator was tortured.
The CID said the MP, who faces charges of distributing food amid the Coronavirus pandemic is being handled within the right procedures.
CID Spokesman Charles Mansio Twine said the MP is very conscious and in stable condition.
Security personnel earlier this week arrested MP Zaake for disobeying lawful orders and negligent acts, the police say were likely to spread the infection of the coronavirus.
At the time the youthful MP was to be produced to Court, Mr. Twine said, he through his lawyers complained of ill health, which prompted the “Uganda Police Medical team to have him examined in the presence of his Lawyers, personal doctors, and his dear wife”.