The Speaker of the 10th Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has Wednesday instructed the Human Rights Committee of Parliament to visit Nalufenya police station, generic assess the situation and report to the house soon.
Kadaga made the directive in her communication to the house during plenary session, web directing the committee chaired by Mitooma Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka to examine the facility and report back to the house on its findings.
Nalufenya detention facility has recently captured the attention of the members of the public and Human rights bodies, more about following the surfacing photos showing torture of the Kamwenge Mayor, Geofrey Byamukama.
The House was charged yesterday after the Speaker brought the issue for discussion in which she ordered that the perpetrators of torture be arrested and produced before Courts of law today.
Kadaga drew the attention of members to Article 24 of the Constitution which provides that no person should be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a punishment.
“You are also aware that this very house in 2012, enacted a prevention and prohibition of Torture Act; now so many years after that law, how can they explain the electric shocks, knocking out of people’s teeth, breaking kneecaps, ironing a person’s body, introduction of obnoxious substances into the mouth, anus and ears,” Kadaga noted on Tuesday
“So on behalf of citizens, we are demanding for justice and this is not an issue of Police Disciplinary Committee, these are crimes against humanity; it is a breach of the Torture Act and the perpetrators must be arrested charged in open Court.”
In her response to the assignment, the Committee chairperson, Jovah Kyamateeka said that the committee will immediately take on the task and report to the house within a period of two weeks.
“The speaker has directly ordered us to go to Nalufenya to see what is really happening; we will go as soon as possible; you know we have to arrange, have a plan in place, talk to the people that we are going to interview. We will leave as soon as possible and we believe that in two week’s time, we will report before Parliament,” Kamateeka told the media.
She added though, that during their frequent visits to gazette prisons in the country, their findings are that most of them are okay.
“Our concern with prisons is overcrowding, the bucket system and having children in the same cells with adults, we will visit Nalufenya and a few other cells and report as soon as possible.”