Human Rights Committee to Visit Nalufenya Prison

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed MPs on the Human rights committee chaired by Mitooma district Woman MP, Jovah Kamateka to visit Nalufenya detention area in Jinja and find out about torture allegations at the station. The committee will then report back to the House.

This comes on the heels of public outcry over the gruesome torture of suspects especially those linked to the death of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi at the facility.

Describing the facility as a torture chamber, some MPs called for its immediate closure.

“Since issues of human rights are very important, I will allow the committee to go and assess the situation at the station and report back,” Kadaga said.

It is not yet clear when the committee will tour the place.

On Tuesday, MPs spearheaded by Kadaga wondered why the individuals involved in the gruesome acts have not been prosecuted.

Quoting the Penal Code, the Constitution and the Anti-Torture Act, Kadaga argued that the officers have committed criminal offences and should therefore be produced in court.

Kadaga also condemned the detention of children of the suspects although some have already been released. She described the acts as abduction and demanded that the officers involved be prosecuted.

State Minister of Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, on Tuesday apologized to the country for the torture claims and vowed to bring the culprits to book.

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