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Coronavirus: Ugandan opposition stronghold arrested for defying president’s COVID-19 guidelines

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Security personnel on Sunday, April 19 arrested Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Mr Francis Zaake over allegations that he was distributing food in breach of the presidential directives in response to the Coronavirus.

President Museveni said politicians who distribute food to starving Ugandans during the virus lockdown face attempted murder charges.

Hon Francis Zaake’s with some of the food he was giving to people

“Hon Francis Zaake has been been arrested from his residence in Mityana and taken to an unknown destination. Keep him in prayer,” Confirmed MP Seggona, who is Hon. Zaake’s lawyer on Sunday night.

“The tormentors have broken into my home, they are breaking every door of my house searching to arrest me for the crime of sharing food with the starving people. Sad!” Mr. Zaake wrote on his official social media pages before he was arrested.

The youthful MP has also posted photos of him distributing food door to door to vulnerable poor in his constituency.

MP Messed Ssegona, Zaake’s lawyer

“Helping others in times of need is not only good for the beneficiaries, but also it makes the giver happier and healthier,’ he wrote. “I have been clandestinely giving out relief food items to my constituents, this, I will not stop doing. In the same spirit, today we have successfully shared more food items with some households in Mityana Municipality.”

“It is my conviction that, we can still deal with starvation without thieving from the poor,” he added.

The Wamala region police spokesperson, Ms Rachel Kawala said that the MP was arrested on allegations of distributing food items to constituents in Buswabulongo, Busimbi Division in Mityana municipality contrary to the presidential directives.

Police said the MP had also flouted measures and guidelines of the Covid-19 national task force, led by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, on food distribution to the vulnerable people. 
“Today evening at 6pm, we arrested the honourable Member of Parliament and he is kept in our custody at Mityana central police station for defying the president’s directives,” Ms Kawala said. 

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