MP Zaake bailed, re-arrested, remanded

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been remanded to Gulu prison hours after he had been granted a Shs 50 million bail by the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Arua.

Zaake who was arrested on Thursday evening was arraigned in court in Arua where he was charged before Daniel Lubowa, the Arua Chief Magistrate for escaping from lawful custody.

In August last year, the youthful legislator was arrested along with Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 33 others during the Arua Municipality by-elections after President Yoweri Museveni accused them of stoning his convoy.

Museveni was in Arua to campaign for Nu the NRM candidate, Nusura Tiperu while Zaake, Bobi Wine and group were campaigning for the eventual winner, Ezat Kassiano Wadri.

Both Zaake and Kyagulanyi were badly beaten by the security men. Zaake’s whereabouts remained unknown until photos of him in a hospital circulated on the social media. He was later admitted to Lubaga Hospital in Kampala before being flown out for specialized treatment in India.

The state claimed that he escaped from lawful custody, the charge that he pleaded not guilty to before being granted bail.

His two sureties, Nesma Ocokoru, the LC 3 Chairperson of Arua Hill Division, and Mathew Akile, a councilor in the Municipality were also bonded with non-Cash bail of Shs 50 million.

As he walked out of the courtroom, the lawmaker was re-arrested and bundled into a waiting police van that delivered him to Gulu Chief Magistrate’s court where he was charged of treason and remanded to Gulu central prison till March 14.