Mityana municipality legislator, Francis Zaake who returned to Uganda from India on Thursday has said that his condition has worsened due to the manner in which Police handled.
Zaake who has been in India for over a month now for specialized medical treatment arrived at Entebbe Airport on Thursday afternoon. He was immediately moved by Police personnel from the plane into a waiting ambulance and transported to his home in Mityana district.
But the legislator told the press at his home that his situation has deteriorated from what it was when he left India.
Inside the ambulance upon arrival at his home, Zaake could be seen frowning in what appeared to be pain. He was then helped inside his house on a stretcher.
“I was feeling somehow better but given what I have just gone through, it has worsened the situation. The way the Police’s so-called medical workers treated me was so inhuman,” Zaake told reporters at his residence.
He said that he feels pain in the head, neck, back and the legs.
Inside the house, the legislator was supported to walk to where he sat and spoke to journalist while holding a crutch.
His wife, Bridget Zaake said that the husband was “ambushed” at the airport and whisked away by Police while she waited to pick her luggage. She later learnt that their luggage too had been confiscated by Police officers.
“Right now, what he’s feeling is not how he was feeling before he came here. On the plane, he was able to support himself walk with the crutch,” Zaake’s wife said.
“He told me there was a scuffle inside the ambulance when they were bringing him,” she added.
Another family members said the MP’s conditioned could have been worsened by the speed at which the ambulance drove him and the bumpy road.
Zaake applauded all Ugandans, his family and colleagues for the support they offered him while he battled the illness.
In his compound, and in the Mityana township people chantted ‘People Power’.
Zaake is among the MPs who were allegedly tortured by security operatives upon their arrest on the last day of campaigns in the August by-election in Arua municipality. He was admitted to Lubaga hospital in Kampala where it was said he could neither sit nor walk, and later cleared to fly to India for further treatment.
In a post earlier this week, Zaake said he still faces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks which are triggered by the recollection of events in Parliament last year when security operatives assaulted MPs.
Zaake together with over 30 others including MPs Bobi Wine, Paul Mwiru, Gerald Karuhanga and Kassiano Wadri, faces charges of treason. The State accuses them of pelting stones at the motorcade of President Yoweri Museveni in Arua on August 13 during an election campaign.