Kadaga sends MPs to inspect Nalufenya death chambers

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the House Committee on Human Rights to visit and inspect the Nalufenya detention facility, from where allegations of torture have been reported.

“Following yesterday’s session, I direct the Committee on Human Rights to proceed to Nalufenya to examine the facility and give us a Report,” said Kadaga in her communication from the chair at the start of the plenary sitting of Parliament, Wednesday 17th May, 2017.

Kamwenge Town Council Mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama, and other suspects in the murder of former Police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kawesi have been detained in Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.

The suspects have allegedly been tortured there. Former ADF rebel leader Jamilu Mukulu and other high level suspects have also been detained in the facility.

On Tuesday, enraged legislators demanded that persons implicated in the torture of suspects and abduction of their children be charged in court.

The Speaker described the alleged torture as ‘crimes against humanity’ and demanded that perpetuators 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 on Tuesday, adding that “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.”

During the sitting, MPs claimed that suspects were tortured and sometimes died in Nalufenya.

The Committee on Human Rights is charged with tracking and reporting on human rights concerns in every business handled by Parliament; and monitors government compliance with national and international human rights instruments to which Uganda is a party and follow up on Government periodic reports to international human rights monitoring bodies.

The Committee on Human Rights is also charged with examining the recommendations in the Uganda Human Rights Commission reports and ensure that Government is held accountable and inquires into any matter relating to human rights in Uganda.

 

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