This is to confirm that Hon. Francis Zaake was on 19th April 2020 at 1800/c arrested from his residence in Mityana, and detained on allegations of doing a Negligent act likely to spread an infection of disease Contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act, and Disobedience of Lawful orders contrary to section 117 of the Penal Code Act.
It is alleged that without authority from the National/District Anti- Covid-19 task force, and without any precautionary measure, Hon. Zaake distributed food to the people in total disregard of the government directives in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The investigations upon his arrest were expeditiously conducted, and the charges were accordingly sanctioned by the Director of the Public Prosecutions. Unfortunately at the time he was to be produced to Court, Hon. Zaake through his lawyers complained of ill health, which prompted the Police to have him examined.
Indeed an examination was conducted by the Uganda Police Medical team in the presence of his Lawyers, personal Doctors as well as his dear wife, where by the team unanimously agreed of some treatment to be extended to him.
Hon. Zaake is currently undergoing treatment at Iran –Uganda Hospital Naguru and he is very conscious and in stable conditions.
We shall inevitably inform you of any development as we go along.
Twiine Mansio Charles
PRO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIRECTORATE