Police starves 7-month-old baby to near death at Nalufenya

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Operatives at Nalufenya police facility in Jinja district are on spot for blocking a mother in their custody from breastfeeding her baby who is just seven months old.

According to Uganda Radio Network [URN], Justine Nakakeeto, the only female suspect in Nalufenya police facility was picked up together with her 7-months-old baby from Kikoni, a Kampala suburb in April this year.

She is accused together with 12 others for recruiting youths into criminal gangs to terrorize people in Masaka, Kampala and Wakiso districts.

Amooti Katebalirwe, the Acting Chairman Uganda Human Rights Human Commission, told URN that Nakakeeto was blocked from breastfeeding her baby.

“We were informed that she is not allowed to breastfeed her baby. We will ask the Inspector General of Police-IGP Kale Kayihura to explain this in our next meeting,” Katebalirwe told URN at the UHRC headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye confirmed the detention of Nakakeeto at Nalufenya.

“When I went there, I found a woman who was in custody but am not sure whether she was with her baby there,” Kasingye further told the news agency.

“There is no law restricting detention of a breastfeeding mother and it’s her decision whether to go with her baby or not. I just don’t understand how she can be stopped from breastfeeding a baby she is within the cells.”

Meanwhile, URN reports that former presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, and councillors from Kawempe Division, have demanded immediate closure of Nalufenya police station, a facility that is at the centre of the recent torture allegations.

Councillors led by Harris Akampurira, who represents Makerere University, launched a campaign code-named ‘Nalufenya Must Fall’ saying that they were not satisfied with the report by Members of Parliament and demanded that if serious investigations are to be done the facility must be closed.

They argue that what takes place at Nalufenya Special Investigations Centre, located in Jinja District, is a violation of articles 24 and 44 of the constitution.

Akampurira further says that police actions in Nalufenya run counter to the prevention and prohibition of torture Act, and all the international conventions that Uganda is signatory to.

Micheal Wamala Ziggwa, the city authority councillor for Kawempe South Councillor, wondered whether police will replace scooped people’s body parts when they find out that they were innocent.

He demanded that the facility be closed so that proper investigation is made.

The leaders demanded that human rights bodies together with inter-religious council of Uganda should all address the nation on what is happening on torture.

Source: URN

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