The tortured Mayor of Kamwenge Town Council, discount Geoffrey Byamukama on Friday broke down in tears before the Members of Parliament who visited the Nalufenya torture chamber in Jinja.
According to a statement released by Parliament’s communication office last night, here Mr Byamukama said he had served the ruling NRM party and government for several years and wondered why he, together with several others, had been detained and tortured for alleged involvement in the murder of former Police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Police stopped journalists who cover Parliament including committee activities, from accompanying the MPs on Human Rights Committee who were directed by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday to investigate allegations of torture at the infamous facility.
Byamukama is reportedly held in staff quarters, with proper beddings including a mosquito net.
He narrated to MPs his traumatic experience during the arrest from the Lands Office on Parliament Avenue in Kampala and how he was handcuffed and tortured using batons (to the knees) and iron bars (to the ankles) leaving him unable to walk, sit or stand before being delivered to Nalufenya.
“I thought about the time I had served government,” he said adding, “The doctors said it will take me time – between six months and a year, before I’ll be able to walk.”
“Officers here were concerned about my condition and have cared for me. I am not sure I would survive if I had been taken elsewhere,” said Byamukama.
Although Byamukama’s account that he was tortured before getting to Nalufenya, where he said he had to be lifted out of the van, tallied with that given by Police officers – ACP Herbert Muhangi, D/SSP Henry Mugumya and ACP James Kusemererwa, the two arresting officers – ASP Patrick Muramira and ASP Fred Tumuhirwa gave a contrary account.
These officers and two Police drivers Ben Odeke and Roma Habibu are said to have been arrested and detained at Nalufenya over allegations of torturing Byamukama.
“We arrested him through phone tracking. We introduced ourselves and explained to him about the ongoing investigations about Kaweesi. We put him in a van and brought him here (Nalufenya),” said Muramira.
“The Mayor was delivered here without any open would or a scratch. He walked from the van to the counter. We can view the images on the CCTV cameras,” he added.
ChimpReports broke the story of the arrest of Byamukama on April 17, 2017.