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Ochola designates Nalufenya to police station

The inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola has re-designated the dreaded Nalufenya detention facility from a special force operation base to a police station.
 
In a message released on Friday, April 27 to all police units and directors, Ochola stated that Nalufenya is to resume operations and functions of a police station with immediate effect.

Nalufenya police detention facility 

The re-designation comes barely a week after Ochola appeared before MPs at parliament and promised that he would shut down Nalufenya as a detention facility.
 
"I have re-designated the special force operation base at Nalufenya to the operations and functions of a police station as it was before. The director logistics and engineering and the director human resource administration should ensure it functions as a police station," reads part of the message.
 
In March 2018, a special committee that was set up by Ochola to investigate the operations of Nalufenya cleared the facility of any allegations of torture. The committee chaired by the director human rights and legal services Erasmus Twaruhukwa presented its recommendations to the police policy and advisory committee (PAC) a week later.
 
In its report, the special committee praised the Jinja-based detention facility for treating suspects well and highlighted that there is no evidence that any suspect has ever been tortured from Nalufenya.
 
But the police committee resolved that the facility should be re-designed. The resolution was based on the bad image the facility has created for the force following claims of torture by suspects detained there.
 
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) rebels and committed terrorism in Uganda accusing police of torture.
 
The torture allegations were shortly followed by others from suspects including the mayor of Kamwenge Geoffrey Byamukama who'd been arrested for the murder of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Nalufenya has existed as a police station since 1954, initially as police post, then as a police station under Kiira policing region. Before it was turned into a special operation centre, the centre and detention facility for high profile suspects was at the Special Investigations Division headquarters in Kireka.
 
The Kireka facility was introduced in 2006 after it became impossible to detain suspected high profile criminals with other suspects at the Central Police Station Kampala.

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+1 #1 Odongkara 2018-04-28 13:39
Nalufenya as a place in a geographical location in Uganda has no problem to be got rid of but the problem is the spirit of torturing suspects in detention with the Uganda police that is the problem we want ended and destroyed in the hearts and minds of the powers that be in Uganda.

The day that suspects are treated humanely and with dignity, that is the day of the fall of "Nalufenya" but for now I am afraid this is just a PR move.
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+1 #2 Odessa Sekitte 2018-04-28 16:19
Nalufenya the infamous torture dungeon where enemies of state, real or imagined endure very intensive pain(vip) procedures.

These barbaric procedures involve acts such as: All the bones, organs, muscles, tendons, tissues, nerves, veins, arteries, ligaments, discs, cartilages, and the joints of suspects are fractured, broken, ruptured, punctured, dislocated, separated, bruised, contused, narrowed, abrased, lacerated, burned, cut, torn, wrenched, swollen, strained, sprained, inflamed and infected.re-designating it to a police station equals same difference.
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+1 #3 mUKIIBI MUGERWA 2018-04-29 00:09
The physical facilities or location of Nalufenya have never been the problem!. it is the people who run it and their methods.

Whether Nalufenya undergoes total closure or change of use is therefore irrelevant. I would only take Ochola seriously if he announced a criminal investigation into the torture at Nalufenya.

What matters is whether Ochola is committed to ending torture and subjecting the police force to public scrutiny in a transparent way. Anything else is nothing but cheap PR.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2018-04-29 15:06
Before Nalufenya became a bad image to the Police; it is the direct image of Gen Kayihura's inhumanity to humanity.

In other words, whether he live or die; whatever it will become, mathematically Nalufenya is equal to Gen Kale Kayihura.
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0 #5 WADADA rogers 2018-04-30 10:49
So where does the police intend to place the new torture dungeon, initially, it was at SIU, later Nalufenya, there is no way the Uganda Police can operate without a torture centre as they are not so experienced to get information from suspects without torture.

Torture is their only tool under the unskilled flying squad
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