Opposition MPs want special probe on Nalufenya

A group of legislators have called for the establishment of a special inquiry into torture claims at the now closed Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja.

The legislators are concerned that many former inmates at the facility are living a traumatised life and may never get justice unless their plight is investigated.

Early this month, the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola kept to his earlier promise of closing Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja in response to public outcry of alleged torture of inmates.

But to some MPs, it is clear that many Ugandans were victims of torture at the facility.

The legislators now want a special commission under a High Court judge set up to probe the happenings at the facility.

"We have to know what exactly happened there? How were people tortured?" queried Moses Kasibante the Rubaga North MP.

Some of the Kaweesi murder suspects who were allegedly tortured in Nalufenya

Kasibante was supported by MPs Francis Mwijukye (Buhweju) and Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West).

The legislators also faulted President Museveni of militarising the police during the long reign of General Kale Kayihura which could have contributed to the torture.

The MPs want the culprits who include members of the disbanded flying squad force to be tried.

Public outcry increased last year after it emerged that the mayor of Kamwenge Geoffrey Byamukama had been tortured while in detention at Nalufenya.

Several other inmates have since come out to accuse security officers attached to the facility of torturing them.




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