Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament is out of intensive care at Manipal Hospital in India. Zaake traveled to India early this week, after weeks of failed attempts to travel abroad to treat injuries that he allegedly sustained while in custody.
Zaake had been arrested alongside other legislators and supporters of People Power, a pressure group led by Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu after the chaos that preceded the parliamentary by-elections in Arua Municipality. He was charged with treason and unlawful escape from police custody shortly before he left the country.
According to his family members, Zaake was 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.
According to his Cousin Dan Mugambwa, Zaake is now showing signs of improvement. Mugambwa says although the doctors are yet to issue a medical report on the condition of the patient, he is steadily improving. He told Journalists in Kampala the challenge now is Zaake has to foot his own bill, with the family and some friends coming in to help.
Initially while admitted at Lubaga hospital in Kampala, a scan on the MP indicated that Zaake had a vertebral complication requiring special treatment. Although he had requested to be transferred to India for treatment, Government blocked his travel pending determination of his health condition by doctors.
He was however charged with treason and allowed to travel. He is expected to report to Police on October 3. In a recent press statement, the Government said as far as they are concerned, two Legislators, Francis Zaake and Kyagulanyi Ssentamu condition didn’t warrant travel abroad for treatment.