Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Committee on Human Rights to visit and examine Nalufenya detention facility then give a report.

Nalufenya has been one of the most discussed places since last week following suspects’ complaints that they had been tortured from the facility.

“During last week, there has been a lot of cover in the media about torture by police. On behalf of the citizens, we are demanding justice, this is a crime against humanity, who are these people?” she told MPs during a plenary.

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Among those is Kamwenge mayor Godfrey Byamukama, who was tortured to near-death before he was secretly sneaked in Nakasero Hospital after other public referral hospitals rejected him over his then worrying health state.

His fate remained a secret thanks to the tight security at his hospital ward where neither relatives nor friends were given access.

Other suspects detained at Nalufenya while appearing in Court earlier had complained about torture, pleading they be sent to Luzira maximum prison.

However, his plight became public last week sparking off public outcry both loacally and internationally.

The torture meted out on Byamukama and other suspects has since been condemned by international and local human rights observers.

The Inter-religious council also came out yesterday and condemned the torture of suspects.

Kadaga had earlier demanded that the police officers responsible of torturing suspects should be charged in an open court for their crimes are against humanity.

The committee on Human Rights consists of MPs including former police spokesman, Simeo Nsubuga of Kasanda South, Amodoi Cyrus Imalingat – Toroma, Adong Lilly – Nwoya, Achiro Lucy – Aruu North,  Chekwel Lydia –  Kween District, Mudukoi Fred Oduchu – Butebo, Oula Innocent (Brig) – UPDF, Nabilla Naggayi Ssempala – Kampala, Gilbert Olanya – Kilak South, Harold Tonny Muhindo – Bukonzo East, Komakech Lyandro – Gulu Municipality and. Akol Anthony – Kilak North.


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