Today, People Power entourage led by Bobi Wine camped at the Nakawa magistrates court to stand surety for his detained comrade, Zaake Francis Butebi. They had been tipped that their comrade was to appear at this court but this didn’t happen as Zaake was instead taken to Mityana for trial.
A court order lobbied by Kiiza and company advocates last Friday had given police up to today, Monday to release Zaake unconditionally after spending more than the constitutional 48hrs in unlawful detention since his arrest on April, 19. According to the affidavit sworn by the People Power western coordinator, Saasi Marvin, his comrade was in ill health contrary to the police’s fabricated claims that he was in better shape. Sources say, police on fond of concealing torture from going out to the public which is why they tried their best to hide Zaake away from cameras. However, the ‘habeas corpus’ court order forced the security operatives to arraign him for trial. Zaake who physically looked incapacitated and unable to support himself was being pushed on a hospital stretcher. A police Doctor who spoke to our source contends that Zaake was tortured contrary to Enanga’s usual lies. “My findings show he sustained internal injuries from the administered beatings,” the police Doctor spoke under anonymity. On humanitarian grounds, the same Doctor had recommended that Zaake gets admitted to Nsambye hospital to meet an ophthalmologist to check his sight that has been affected by the fluids sprayed by the Mityana DPC, Alex Mwiine. The police doctor told us that Zaake has not opened his eyes for a full week and he’s afraid the legislator may lose his sight if not well monitored. “The blunt force trauma and chemical conjunctivitis may impact his life,” warned Dr. Kato Edward, one of the physicians who examined Zaake.
Instead of being chauffeured to Nsambya as recommended, police handcuffed Zaake and drove him unconscious to Mityana where they charged him with two counts of: distribution of food without taking necessary precautions against COVID-19 and disobedience of presidential directives.