Speaker of Parliament has described recent alleged torture of criminal suspects as ‘crimes against humanity’ and demanded that perpetrators of the acts be charged in court.
“I want to demand on behalf of the citizens that we need to see justice done. Torture is not an issue of the Police Disciplinary Committee,” said Kadaga adding, “It is a matter of crime against humanity, it is a breach of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act and the perpetrators must be arrested, charged in open court.”
The Speaker’s concerns were communicated at the start of the plenary sitting of Parliament on Tuesday 16th May 2017.
Her communication was in reference to media reports showing a tortured, wounded and hospitalized Mayor of Kamwenge Town Council, Geoffrey Byamukama, who was arrested in connection with the murder of former Police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Other suspects in the same case limped as they were led to court and also bared marks of torture.
The Speaker wondered how signs of electric shock, missing teeth, broken knee caps could be explained, and quoting Article 24 of the Constitution the Speaker said that “No persons shall be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as punishment.”
Legislators were angry that children of suspects in the murder had also been held in unknown areas contrary to the law.
Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi (DP, Butambala) said information about torture in Kisugu, Kireka, Kololo and Nalufenya had been passed on to the Minister of Internal Affairs during a meeting of the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs.
Members however, wondered why suspects had to be taken to Nalufenya or Kireka rather not the other gazette areas as ordered by court.
“There is torture going on in these places and we have given this information to the Minister (of Internal Affairs),” said Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi.
“When the Kamwenge Mayor, Byamukama was arrested, we all thought that he was safe. We were shocked and scared to see what happened to him; it appeared that a gadget was used to scoop flesh from parts of his body,” said Hon. Abbasi Agaba (NRM, Kitagwenda).