Kampala. Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake has been admitted to the intensive care unit of Manipal hospital in India.His wife Bridget Namirembe yesterday said Mr Zaake was booked into the facility for specialist care immediately upon arrival at 11am Indian time.
Mr Zaake left the country after charges of treason and unlawful escape from police custody had been slapped on him but was given a police bond until October 3 when he is expected to report to police.
In India, Ms Namirembe said the MP has been diagnosed with closed head injury with multiple soft tissue injuries, blunt neck injury due to tear of the ligaments, broad disc slips and post-traumatic disorientation.
It was not readily determined when Mr Zaake would leave the unit.
An intensive care unit (ICU) is a specially designed ward in a hospital in which critically ill patients are kept under constant observation by doctors and nurses and provided intensive treatment medicine.
Manipal Healthcare, according to their website, is a firm of healthcare units with a chain of hospitals in India and are benchmarked to International standards with some of the world’s leading hospitals.
Mr Zaake’s first attempt to fly out of Uganda to India on August 30 was blocked at Entebe International Airport over non-clearance from the Police’s Criminal Investigations Department headed by Grace Akullo.
He was later forcefully arrested together with fellow parliamentarian and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi and driven to Kiruddu, a Mulago National Referral satellite hospital in Kampala.
Mr Zaake’s was reportedly dumped at the gates of Lubaga hospital in Kampala on August 14 by the military, which has since dismissed the allegations and have accused him unlawful escape from custody.
At the time, the legislator had undergone a series of tests after he complained of general body pain, including headache, chest, lower and upper limbs pains and abdominal discomfort following his brutal assault on August 13 as he was arrested.
\The police had barred Mr Zaake from travelling because he had pending cases and government wanted to ascertain whether he was fit to be prosecuted.
Mr Zaake now brings to 34 the number of people charged over the violence that marred the last day of campaigns for Arua municipality parliamentary by-election.
They includes five MPs, an ex-MP, and political activists facing charges of reason, inciting violence and malicious damage to property.
Yasin Kawuma, Bobi’s friend and at least five other people in Arua and Mityana Districts died of bullet wounds while a non-specified number of other people are nursing bullet wounds.
Buganda Kingdom premier Charles Peter Mayiga has since described the Arua events and resulting charges as aimed at consolidating the presidency of Mr Museveni and has called for negotiations, saying the Opposition also wants power.
Mr Zaake spent two weeks at Lubaga hospital where medical staff, including the hospital’s executive director, Dr Andrew Sekitoleeko, Dr John Bosco Mutakirwa, a physician, Dr Brenda Anena, a general surgeon and Dr Sandra Ninsiima, an intern, had in an August 20 report recommended his immediate referral abroad.