Lawyers cite torture, police readies Rwandan refugees for trial

Police spokesperson Kayima

Police has explained the circumstances surrounding the 45 Rwandan refugees being held in Nalufenya detention centre Jinja district over links with Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] rebels.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the suspects are not Rwandan refugees but Rwandan nationals who migrated to Uganda and have been living in different parts of the county.

He said the 43 suspects were arrested at Kikagati border post in Isingiro district on their way out of the country.

Two other suspects were arrested in Kampala.

Kayima said the suspects were carrying forged documents and travelling on false identities. The two suspects arrested in Kampala were their collaborators.

This came after lawyers Gawaya Tegule and Eron Kiiza representing detained Rwandan nationals accused Ugandan security agencies of torturing their clients.

The lawyers challenged government to produce them in court.

After questioning, the suspects were found culpable of forgery and other offences including terrorism.

He said the investigating team has since completed investigations pending perusal and prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP].

Kayima further explained that Nalufenya is a gazetted place of detention where suspects either of high profile crimes or who can’t be handled by one region because of jurisdiction are kept.

Kayima warned media against calling Nalufenya a “dreaded police facility” saying Red Cross, Parliament committees and even the Uganda Human Rights Commission have testified to the fact that it is a normal police station.

“This is unacceptable and must stop,” he warned.