The Uganda Police Force through the Criminal Investigations Directorate has confirmed the arrest and detention of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Zaake Francis Butebi. In a statement issued by the CID PRO Twine Mansio Charles, the legislator faces negligence and disobedience related charges.
“This is to confirm that Hon. Francis Zaake was on 19th April 2020 at 1800/c arrested from his residence in Mityana and detained on allegations of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infection of disease contrary to section 171 of the Penal Code Act, and Disobedience of lawful orders contrary to section 117 of the Penal Code Act” reads the statement. It goes on to read that Zaake did not seek permission and guidance from the Taskforce before giving out food.
“It is alleged that without authority from the National/District Anti-Covid-19 task force and without any precautionary measure, Hon. Zaake distributed food to the people in total disregard of the government directives in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic”. According to Mansio, Zaake was not brought to court as his lawyers complained about their client’s Ill health which they later confirmed.
“Indeed an examination was conducted by the Uganda Police Medical team in the presence of his lawyers, personal doctors as well as his dear wife, where by the team unanimously agreed of some treatment to be extended to him” he added. He concluded that the legislator is currently ‘conscious and in a stable condition’ at Iran-Uganda Hospital, Naguru.