MPs today ‘experiencing Nalufenya torture chambers’

MPs today ‘experiencing Nalufenya torture chambers’
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The Parliament Committee on Human Rights is expected to visit Nalufenya detention facility today as directed by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

This comes after numerous torture allegations within the detention facility. Recently, torture photos of Kamwenge mayor surfaced online and sparked a debate into the violation of human rights at Nalufenya.

Uganda Police Force came under fire from parliament early this week for torturing suspects in its custody in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard, Kenneth Erau and Driver, Godfrey Mambewo in March this year.

It came after some of the suspects appeared in court limping with fresh wounds and scars they claimed to have been inflicted on them by police personnel in Nalufenya Police facility to compel them to confess for the murder of the police spokesperson.

On Tuesday, President Yoweri Museveni wrote to the Inspector General of Police discouraging him from using torture to extract confessions from suspects, saying some of the suspects could be innocent.

“..The use of torture is unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again if it was being used as I see some groups claiming in the media.  Of course, the criminals are most annoying by using the cowardly but shallow methods of the boda bodas, taking advantage of the large number of vehicles and people in order to commit crime and hide.  That, however, should not make us panic and go back to the defective traditional methods of okutatsya,” wrote Museveni.

Article 24 of the Constitution outlaws all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a form of punishment and the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act.

 

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