Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Tuesday met the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence boss, Col Abel Kandiho, over suspects being tortured at Nalufenya police detention.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, who was also summoned over the same matter, was nowhere to be seen and neither did he communicate why he was absent.
The tortured suspects were arrested for the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and Geoffrey Mambewo.
According to Uganda Radio Network [URN], Defence state minister, Col Charles Okello Engola, and representatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Uganda Prison Services and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), attended the meeting.
Security minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, missed the meeting but had earlier told Amooti Katebalirwe, the acting chairperson UHRC, that he had another engagement.
UHRC expected to hear details of the command structure of Nalufenya detention facility, alleged torture of suspects at Nalufenya and other police facilities, prolonged detention of suspects and the police Flying Squad Unit from Kayihura who deployed those officers to Jinja district.
“We postponed the meeting last week after the deputy IGP, Okoth Ochola asked that we move it to this week when the IGP is around to attend it,” URN quotes Katebalirwe as saying.
Kayihura who had a meeting at Internal Affairs in the morning was expected to appear but he never showed up.
UHRC has postponed the meeting to a later date when the security agencies and ministers will appear with responses to the raised issues.
The trio was expected to report to UHRC headquarters last Friday, but UHRC postponed the meeting because Kayihura was out of the country.
UHRC chairperson, Medi Kaggwa, recently visited Nalufenya police detention facility where he recorded statements from suspects including Godfrey Byamukama, the Kamwenge town council LC 3 chairperson.
The suspects claim they were tortured by CMI and police officers.
At least three police officers are under investigations for the torture of Byamukama.