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Former LOP Asks Gov't to Denounce Torture

Shorting after visiting Zaake on Wednesday, Kiiza noted that his condition is still worrying. According to Kiiza, the legislator told her that he was assaulted with a rifle and an iron bar.
Mityana Muncipality MP, Francis Zaake Butebi lying at Lubaga Hospital bed

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The former Leader of Opposition in parliament, Winnie Kiiza has asked security agencies to denounce torture. She made the appeal shortly after visiting the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake at Rubaga Hospital on Wednesday evening.

Zaake is recovering from the wounds he sustained after being tortured by suspected operatives of the Special Forces Command-SFC, the elite force in charge of the president's security in Arua town on Monday last week.

The legislator was picked up from Pacific hotel together with several other MPs and ordinary citizens after unidentified people reportedly pelted the president's convoy with stones as he was returning from the last campaign rally of the NRM candidate, Nusura Tiperu at Boma grounds ahead of the Arua municipality parliamentary by-elections.

He was reportedly taken to Arua airstrip where he was repeatedly tortured before he showed up at Rubaga Hospital in Kampala under unclear circumstances with several tortures wounds where he is still admitted.  

Shorting after visiting Zaake on Wednesday, Kiiza noted that his condition is still worrying. According to Kiiza, the legislator told her that he was assaulted with a rifle and an iron bar. 

Kiiza says those who tortured the legislator left him thinking he was dead and got shocked when they returned to check on him and couldn't find him.

She condemned the torture and called for the immediate release of the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi who is locked up in Makindye Military barracks to access treatment.  

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Zaake's care taker, Dan Mugambwa told URN that the legislator is responding well to medication.

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Zaake is no longer on life support after spending five days on oxygen. The legislator could easily identify the people who went to check on him Wednesday despite the fact that he was grinning in pain.

The wounds on his two fingers, ear and head have also started drying. However, his neck is tied to help his neck to stay in one position as he is still battling spinal complications.

The MP is likely to be charged when he fully recovers according to a statement by police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima. He explained that Zaake's issues will be handled once he has recovered.