Torture: Parliament to assess state of Nalufenya
The Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Parliamentary committee on Human Rights to examine the state of Nalufenya, and report to parliament.
Although no particular terms of reference were issued, the Speaker’s directive made today comes after gruesome incidents of torture of suspects have been reported at the facility
“This debate was deferred from yesterday because we wanted to get the response from the Minister of Internal Affairs such that we debate the matter comprehensively,” she said.
“Since matters of Human Rights are of prime importance, am directing the committee on Human Rights to proceed to Nalufenya, examine the facility and give us a report,” the speaker added.
Although government was expected to present a statement regarding the reported cases of torture, none of the ministers from Internal Affairs showed up.
Nalufenya, is a police detention camp known of notorious of beating and torturing suspects to confession. Such suspects usually have criminal cases, linked to gruesome murder, terrorism and war crimes among others.
The most recent developments include the torture of Mr. Geoffrey Byamukama, the Kamwenge district LC III Chairperson and other suspects linked to the murder of AIGP Andrew Félix Kaweesi, a former police spokesperson.
The committee will be tasked to assess the state of the camp whose status is not clearly known.