Crime

Besides Looming Parliament Punishment, Gov’t Blocks Bobi Wine From Visiting MP Zaake

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has been denied access to the Iran – Naguru Hospital amidst heavy deployment, from where Mityana Municipality MP Francis Butebi Zaake who was arrested on Sunday and allegedly tortured, is undergoing treatment.

MP Zaake, who is the People Power National Youth coordinator was arrested over allegations of distributing food to hungry Mityana people, yet this was banned by President Museveni in a fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Bobi says, “Those that have sneaked in to see Hon Zaake talk of unspeakable things done to him. Upon arrest, they did not even talk much about food distribution, it was all about intimidating him and demanding that he stops opposing government!”

The incident comes at the time of controversies with the August House leadership. Bobi Wine was yesterday sent to the Parliamentary Rules Committee for allegedly putting the institution of Parliament into disrepute.

The decision to face the rules committee was taken by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga following a statement by Bunyole West MP James Waluswaka demanding for an explanation from Mr Kyagulanyi, on why he branded the Shs20 million given to each MP as a bribe.

The money was part of the Shs10 billion that was distributed to MPs as facilitation for activities on the control of COVID-19.

Amid controversy on the exact role MPs will play when the country is in lockdown, a section of MPs has since signed transfer forms with their banks returning the funds to the Parliamentary Commission account saying that it is morally wrong to receive the money during the crisis.

But Mr Waluswaka reported to Parliament that Mr Kyagulanyi had tagged the funds as a bribe, as seen on his bank transfer from which has been making rounds on social media.

He also brought to the attention of Parliament, a video of Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde asking a Television presenter to question her about the controversial funds sent to MPs.

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