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Uganda: MP Francis Zaake drags top Police officers to Court over torture

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Francis Zaake, the Member of Parliament representing Mityana Municipality has dragged government and individual police and army officers to court for torture.

In his petition filed before the Civil Division on the High court, Zaake specifically mentions Bob Kagarura, the Wamala Regional police commander, Alex Mwine, the Mityana district police commander, Elly Womonya, the commandant Special investigations unit and Abel Kandinho, head CMI as his tormentors.

Zaake was arrested on April 19 from his home at Buswabulongo in Mityana municipality for allegedly endangering the lives of the people by distributing food despite the ban of the same by President Yoweri Museveni.

Zaake who is currently admitted at Lubaga hospital says he was arrested on April 19th from his home at Buswabulongo village, Mityana district by military and police officers and later taken to Mityana police station.

In his application, filed in the High Court today through his lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha advocates, Zaake asked the court to declare that the intentional infliction of severe pain and suffering during his arrest and detention infringed on his fundamental right to dignity, freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Zaake says that he was kicked, slapped and sprayed with an unknown substance in the eyes which almost destroyed his sight.

He contends that the above police officers also conducted an illegal search in his house and in the process, he could not locate the Shs15 million that he had saved for a project.

Zaake also wants the respondents to be found in contempt of court when they failed to release him despite the order from the Nakawa Chief magistrate.

Zaake also wants the court to issue a permanent order staying all criminal proceedings arising from his arrest and detention. He also wants to be compensated for punitive and aggravated harm that was caused to him by the arrest, detention and torture.

Last week, court ordered for Zaake’s immediate release after he was presented to take plea half naked and visibly in a lot of pain. He’s currently recovering at Lubaga Hospital.

This was not the first time that Zaake has been allegedly tortured at the hands of the security. He suffered Similar treatment during the infamous arrests that preceded the election of Kassiano Wadri as the member of parliament for Arua Municipality.

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