The police force failed to send a representative in a security chiefs meeting organized by Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) over torture of suspects.
The meeting at the UHRC headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday was attended by the State Minister for Defence, erectile Col. Sam Engola, buy James Mwanje, the Deputy Commissioner General for prisons and representatives from ISO and CMI.
According to Dr. Amooti Katabalirwe, the acting Chairperson UHRC, an invitation had been sent to police who accepted to come but said they didn’t show up.
“They asked us to postpone the meeting to today but we were told yesterday that there was an important function that the IGP was attending at 10am,” Dr.Katabalirwe told journalists.
“We shall next time ask police to suggest a date which they will be able to honor.”
Security forces especially police and CMI have been in the spotlight for the torture of people suspected to have participated in the murder of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.
Katabalirwe however told journalists that the closed meeting with a few officials from various security organs was fruitful because the commission was able to raise their concerns in relation to human rights violations throughout the country.
“We told them that we are concerned with the way security agencies especially police have been handling suspects through torturing them,” Dr. Katabalirwe said.
According to the acting Human rights commission boss, they pointed out the police Flying Squad as being a source of human rights violation especially at Nalufenya detention centre.
The meeting was also used to question the status of Nalufenya detention centre which is being used by police.
“We raised concern on its legal status; whether it’s a police station or prison. We asked them for the command structure whether Nalufenya reports to the police commander in Jinja or not,” Dr. Katabalirwe told journalists.
He explained that the issue of long detention of suspects in police custody and being denied medication especially at Nalufenya was also raised to the security bosses available for the Tuesday meeting.
Gruesome photos of the tortured Kamwenge Mayor Godfrey Byamukama released recently shocked the world attracting public wrath on police over torture of suspects.
The acting Uganda Human Rights Commission chairman however said they would convene another meeting at a later date for more discussions on a number of concerns in relation to human rights violations by security agencies.
Security minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde recently advised police to own up their mistakes made during the Kaweesi murder investigations.
“If you think you arrested wrong people thinking they are the ones you wanted, don’t keep them further because you want to justify the arrest,” Tumukunde said.
President Museveni also warned security chiefs over torturing suspects in a bid to retrieve information saying these are outdated methods.