Fury as DPP Seeks to Take Over Luzira Prisons OC Torture Case

Torture Victim, Allan Kitonsa at court on Friday

Superintendent of Prison Robert Naimuli, medications a Deputy Officer in Charge of Murchison Bay Prison who is accused of torture has failed to appear in court on Friday as according to court summons.

SP Naimuli is accused of torturing Allan Kitonsa, a Political Activist on September 21st 2016  while he was on remand with other colleagues with whom had been charged of inciting violence.

According court summons dated November 17th and signed by Buganda Road Grade one magistrate, Marion Mangeni, Naimuli was summoned to appear in court on the 25th November 2016 to answer the charges of Torture, inflicting cruel inhuman degrading treatment contrary to section (1) of prevention and prohibition of the Torture Act 2012.

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Despite of the fact that employers of Naimuli (Uganda Prisons) acknowledged receipt of the summons, he has not appeared in court and neither has he explained the reasons for his failure to turn up in court.

Before proceeding with the matter, Resident State Attorney of Buganda Road court Jonathan Muwaganya informed the trial magistrate that he had instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to take over prosecuting of the matter from private prosecutors of Rwadslaus Rwakafuuzi and company Advocates

“Article 120 Sub article 3 of the constitution points out clearly that it’s the right of the DPP to take over criminal proceedings instituted by any person or Authority”

The applicant’s counsel Rwadslaus Rwakafuuzi has asked court not to accept the DPP’s prayer saying it had been made to frustrate the case.

The magistrate has set the 6th December 2016 as the date to deliver her ruling on the matter.

Kitonsa alleges that on 21st September 2016 while on remand at Murchison bay prison Luzira he was undressed, chained, hand cuffed and tortured by prisons officers who detained him in a stinky isolated cell with the floor full of urine and feaces.


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