We need Nalufenya for sensitive criminals, says minister

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MPs on arrival at Nalufenya [Photo credit: The Observer]

Kania Mario Obiga, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, has defended the existence of Nalufenya police detention facility located in Jinja district.

Addressing Tuesday plenary presided over by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Obiga told the house that that Nalufenya is a legal Police station that handles sensitive criminal suspects.

He then made a statement on the children detained and arrested suspects in the murder of police chief AIGP Felix Kaweesi saying the children were handed over to an NGO that deals with cases of child trafficking.

“The children were returned to their mothers, though other women have come up to claim these children,” Obiga said.

The minister said so far 13 suspects in the murder of Kaweesi have been charged before court.

Minister Obiga further informed Parliament that he can’t comment on the arrest of the suspects for the matter is before court.

In defence of Nalufenya, the minister said the murder of Kaweesi is linked to ADF cells, “that is why some of the murder suspects were already in Police custody”.

“How do suspects of the Kaweesi murder manage to coordinate a murder yet they were already in custody?” a legislator asked, receiving no immediate answer from the minister.

As for the torture of Kamwenge Mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama, the minister said the mayor was arrested with “a swelling on his leg and a history of complicated ailments”.

Kibale county MP, Cuthbert Mirembe Abigabac demanded to know the procedure of accessing those detained in Nalufenya.

Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal, was more concerned with professionalising the police yet it run by a military man, Gen Kale Kayihura.

“The IGP is not a professional police man, he is an army man, so how do we professionalise the Police?” she queried.

Kasamba County MP, Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, who was stressed over his deactivated sim card, demanded the closure of Nalufenya facility.

“I don’t support any form of torture,” MP Bwa stated, adding, “right now am going through torture because my sim card was switched off.”

“I wish for you to be tortured one day, then driven to hospital, that’s when you will understand,” MP Bwa told minister Obiga.