Police locks journalists out of Nalufenya death zone

Journalists made to wait in another room [Photo credit: Sudhir Byaruhanga]

Police has blocked journalists from accessing Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja district.

The journalists had escorted the Parliamentary Humans Rights Committee members who were dispatched by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, to visit and inspect the Nalufenya detention facility, from where allegations of torture have been reported.

“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.

When the committee arrived at the facility on Friday afternoon, the members were allowed to access the facility but journalists who were ready with their cameras to capture the death chamber, were instead showed to another waiting room and kept there.

Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja [Photo credit: Sudhir Byaruhanga]
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.

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 inquiries into any matter relating to human rights in Uganda.



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