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Police committee clears Nalufenya of torture allegations

A special committee set up by the inspector general of police (IGP)  Martin Okoth-Ochola to investigate the operations of Nalufenya has cleared the dreaded facility of any allegations of torture. 

The committee chaired by the police director human rights and legal services, Erasmus Twaruhukwa, is supposed to present it's recommendations to the police policy and advisory committee (PAC) today Wednesday.

According to a committee, Nalufenya treats suspects well 
According to a reliable source who is privy to the working of the committee, in its report, the special committee praised the Jinja-based detention facility for treating its suspects well. They also highlight that there is no evidence that any suspect has ever been tortured from Nalufenya.

"They say that even though some suspects have been receiving treatment from Nalufenya, they are brought with injuries to the facility, " the source told URN.

When contacted, the police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, who is also a member of the seven-man committee, refused to divulge the details of the report. 

"I will not say anything about it until when an official communication has been made, " Kayima said.

PAC on which the IGP, deputy IGP, all directors and undersecretary sit, will discuss the report and make a conclusive decision on the future of Nalufenya. 

The special committee was constituted last week on Wednesday after PAC resolved to send a team out and assess the operations of the facility. On Thursday,  the team visited the facility and later sat to make a report.

Nalufenya has since 2014 attracted bad publicity for the police with the first group of suspects detained there on allegations that they had been working with the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) to commit terrorism in Uganda accusing police of torture. 

The allegations were shortly after followed by others from suspects arrested in connection with the murder in March 2017 of assistant inspector general of police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Most prominent among the alleged torture cases, was that of the Kamwenge mayor Geoffrey Byamukama, whose pictures went viral having been hospitalised at Nakasero hospital with deep wounds on his knees and ankles. His knee caps appeared to have been brutally scooped out. 

Nalufenya which is gazetted as a police station has existed since 1954, initially as police post, then as a police station under Kiira policing region before it was made a special operations Unit centre. 

Before it was turned into a special operation centre, high profile suspects were being detained at the special investigations division headquarters in Kireka. The Kireka facility was introduced in 2006 after it became overwhelming to detain high-profile suspects at Central police station Kampala.


+1 #1 Empayippayi 2018-03-28 16:34
The world came to know about the torture and gas chambers in Auschwitz and Passau after the fall of the Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
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+1 #2 WADADA rogers 2018-03-29 00:36
There is a saying in Luganda that Enkima Tesala gwa Kibila- meaning a monkey cannot be a judge in a course involving the forest.

What did you expect a Police committee to report, obviously that Nalufenya was only a police station.

In other words, what happens at Nalufenya such as torture happens at every police station, what happens there is normal.

We have so many witnesses that have been tortured or have seen others being tortured, even some police officers have confessed to have seen people being torture or have participated in the torture. .
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2018-03-29 09:27
In other words, Afande Ochola and team are on a whitewash mission.

How can the police investigate itself: become the Prosecutor, Judge and Jury?

If Nalufenya is clean, how does Ochola explain the festered wounds that the whole wide world saw on Byamukama's knee?

If the torture was done outside Nalufenya, does it absolve the police of torturing innocent Ugandans?

Even if they are guilty, is torture one of penalties for crime committed?

I suppose IGP Ochola can do better. Otherwise we shall also write him off as one of Mr. M7 hatchet man.
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+1 #4 Lakwena 2018-03-29 09:36
Beside, with all the outcry about Nalufenya; as former Deputy IGP, how could Ochola have not known what went on in Nalufenya?

In other words, public relation (PR) gimmickry will not save the police face. Either Ochola gets to the bottom of the rot or he is better of resigning and simply retire with a peace of mind.
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+2 #5 Jama 2018-03-29 10:54
This police is not different from the Gestapo and Nalufenya is not different from the Nazi gas Chambers.
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0 #6 ejakait engoraton 2018-03-30 12:24
OJAAME is telling those of you who expected " not just a change of guard but a fundamental change" that it is "business as usual"
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0 #7 Robert Atuhairwe 2018-03-30 21:44
The problem is not Nalufenya but any inhuman treatment of human beings wherever it is done.
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