Speaker, MPs demand Statement from Internal Affairs Minister on Zaake’s Torture

Posted: 2020-05-05T11:13:58Z
Speaker, MPs demand Statement from Internal Affairs Minister on Zaake’s Torture

Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo has been tasked to explain to parliament, circumstances under which the Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake was tortured in police custody.

The Minister was tasked by Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday morning after she told the house that Zaake was transferred from Kiruddu Hospital to Rubaga Hospital last week for treatment following alleged torture. 
The speaker however added that the MP’s transfer followed an outcry from his family about his deteriorating health.

Zaake was arrested in April by police for allegedly ignoring presidential directives on food distribution. Zaake had secretly been distributing rice and sugar to his constituents contrary to a Presidential directive that all relief food be handed to Covid-19 National Task Force.    

But on Tuesday morning, Kadaga said she is concerned about Zaake’s situation. “He was beaten and battered, he told me that pepper spray was sprayed directly into his eyes; he was in police custody for several days and they must account for his injuries. This is a violation of human rights and I think really it’s unacceptable,” the speaker said.

The Speaker directed Gen. Jeje Odongo to present a statement to Parliament on Thursday this week in regard to Zaake’s situation and take action against the perpetuators of torture.

Theodore Ssekikubo the Lwemiyaga County MP added his voice to the Speaker’s saying that it was unbelievable that a Member of Parliament can be seen in a state like that of Zaake. He said that under no circumstances should an MP or Ugandan be tortured during the lock down or at any other time.

Tororo North MP, Annet Nyakecho who was also arrested at the residence of former Security Minister, Henry Tumukunde but managed to get bail, told Parliament that she was held behind bars for seven days without being produced in court and her relatives tortured.