After being barred from flying abroad for further medical examination on Thursday, Police has arrested and taken ill legislators, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine (Kyadondo East) and Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality) to Kiruddu Hospital.
According to their lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa, the duo were arrested at Entebbe International airport, as they prepared to fly abroad for medication.
“While at the airport, Ms Grace Akullo, the CID Director came with the Police Doctor and informed us that the two MPs have cases to answer and can not be allowed to move out the country until investigations are complete,” Basalirwa told reporters at Kiruddu Hospital on Thursday.
“We don’t know when investigations will be completed but part of that is to subject them to examination by government doctors in government facilities whom they say will provide credible results,” he added.
Earlier, Kyagulanyi’s wife, Barbara Kyagulanyi questioned the manner in which her husband was arrested at the airport claiming he was “manhandled” and cried for help in pain.
“Security forces just manhandled my husband and whisked him away to an unknown destination from Entebbe airport. He groaned in pain as he called my name to save him from being taken by his torturers again,” Barbie explained.
She added that thereafter, “they forced him into an ambulance and drove out of the airport departures section”.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima Thursday afternoon in a statement said that Zaake was trying to flee the country yet he has charges related to treason and malicious damage of property in Arua.
There had been a stalemate at the airport for the better part of Thursday after security blocked Zaake from taking his flight until he could get clearance from CID. According to Basalirwa, Zaake was destined for India to receive further medical treatment.
The lawyer insisted Zaake was never charged and therefore was not a wanted man.
The two MPs and 31 others suspects were arrested and allegedly tortured by security agencies during the Arua Municipality MP by-election on August 13, for investigations into the stoning of the presidential convoy, resulting into breaking of a rear glass of one of his cars.
Both Zaake and Bobi Wine attribute their physical state to the torture they were subjected to by security personnel during and after their arrest weeks ago.