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Youth Leaders Concerned Over Zaake’s Detention, Torture

Following the detention of Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Zaake about two weeks ago, youth leaders are concerned over his detention and alleged torture by security agents.

Zaake who also doubles as the youth leader of the People Power pressure group was apprehended on April 19 2020 for illegally distributing food during the lockdown.

His arrest came on the back drop of stern warnings by President Yoweri Museveni that those engaged in this act would be charged with attempted murder for abetting the spread of COVID-19.

Youth leaders who include Walid Lubega Mulindwa the National Youth League Chairperson of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, allege that Zaake was clobbered while in jail.

In a joint communique issued yesterday, the youth leaders noted that the MP was brought in the Mityana Magistrates Court looking frail, in bitter pain with wounds all over his body, a clear sign of severe torture,” the statement reads.

As such, the youths asked the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) to take keen interest in all those violating citizens’ rights at a time when the country is at a standstill.

On the same note, they want Parliament to reign in on security agents who are torturing Ugandans.

The group which includes; Christopher Okidi of Democratic Party (DP) and Brenda Atim Kinyera of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) is contemplating suing Zaake’s tormentors.

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“More particularly, we intend to reach out to the Hon. Zaake after recuperating from his acute health situation, as part of a fact finding mission to ascertain the security personals who abated this torture expedition on him as an avenue of taking them to court individually as per the anti-torture act,” the statement adds.

The statement is signed by Matanda Abubaker of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Nanyonjo Lynnette of People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Musoke Solomon of Conservative Party (CP) and Musanje Harunah of Justice Forum (JEEMA) among others.

An April 24 2020 Uganda Police Force (UPF) press statement refutes torture these allegations.

“Unfortunately at the time he was to be produced to court, Hon. Zaake through his lawyers complained of ill health, which prompted the police to have him examined,” the police said.

Currently, it is understood that Zaake is admitted at Lubaga hospital in Kampala.

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