Police have expressly dismissed yesterday’s claims by 13 people held in connection with the murder of former Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, medications that they underwent despicable torture in detention at Nalufenya in Jinja.
The 13 yesterday sought the intervention of Nakawa Magistrate’s Court about their plight, there when they reappeared for mention of their case.
Many of them were seen limping while other showed scars and fresh wounds to journalists, medicine which they said they got from the detention facility.
The Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Noah Ssajjabbi said in response, that he could do nothing about the claims, since intervention is not in his jurisdiction.
Now the police say the detainees are not telling the whole truth.
Police spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye termed their claims as “baseless,” and reiterated the force’s “commitment to ensuring that the rights of suspects in police custody continue to be respected and protected at all times.”
According to Kasingye, The Uganda Human Rights Commission this week visited the Nalufenya detention center and was pleased with the condition of all inmates, including the 13.
“UHRC Chairman Meddie Kaggwa and his team on May 2nd visited the facility and interfaced with the suspects…where he established that the safeguards against the torture and ill-treatment at the facility were satisfactory,” Kasingye said in a statement.
“He acknowledged a complaint from one of the accused persons, of a medical condition while passing urine and instructed the police to subject him to medical examination, at an independent medical facility.”
Kasingye adds that other suspects were found with old healed wounds “that were obviously sustained before admission into our facility.”
The UHRC boss, according to the police spokesperson, went on to call the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayuihura “to express his satisfaction on the human rights conditions of the suspects.
Mr. Kasingye in his statement however, doesn’t explain why the security operatives continued to detain the murder suspects at the police detention facility in Jinja when the magistrate court had remanded them to Luzira Prison after they were charged.
He notes, “the facility at Nalufenya is gazette and well-regulated and conforms highly to the international best practice on the detention and well-being of the suspects.
The Nalufenya detention center is no stranger to torture claims by numerous other people who have been held there.