Police whisk away Zaake upon arrival
At about 7:20am, a Jambo jet flight number JM 8520 from Nairobi touched down at Entebbe International airport.
On board was Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi, returning home after more than 40 days in India where he was flown for treatment following his August 13 brutal arrest in Arua together with Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 33 others.
Zaake had switched flights from Kenya Airways to its affiliate low cost airliner, hoping that he would beat security and join a procession of supporters from Entebbe to Mityana.
The police however appeared smarter. The police Land cruiser that was used to whisk away Bobi Wine on September 20 when he returned from the US, was on standby with a number of security officers that picked him from the tarmac immediately he disembarked from the plane, and drove him to Mityana.
“He was not allowed to go through the immigration process, I am the one who took his passport for stamping by the immigration,” Zaake’s lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa who is also Bugiri Municipality MP told IntelPost.
Deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango late on Wednesday issued a statement warning against any processions and also said that only Zaake’s immediate family members would be allowed to receive him at the airport.
None of them was however allowed to get close to the youthful legislator.
“The police got panicky for no reason, we didn’t plan to hold any procession from the airport, our plan was to receive him and drive smoothly to Mityana where prayers have been organised,” Basalirwa said.
In the confusion, some of Zaake’s luggage was left at the airport.