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UGANDA: Police transfer all suspects from notorius torture chamber Nalufenya

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Nalufenya police facility currently has no single suspect

Police transfers all suspects from Nalufenya

Written by URN, THE OBSERVER, KAMPALA

All suspects previously held at the dreaded Nalufenya police detention facility in Jinja have been transfered to other police station locations.

Nalufenya, is infamously known for alleged torture of suspects held there. Now, the Police Flying Squad has transferred at least 20 suspects who were in custody at the facility to Kireka Special Investigations Unit headquarters. Others were sent back to police stations in the areas where they are believed to have committed the crimes that they’re being held for.

The last suspects were transferred on Wednesday March 28. Prior to the establishment of Nalufenya police facility in 2014, police used to lock up high profile suspects at Kireka Special Investigations Unit headquarters.A reliable source told URN on condition of anonymity that the suspects were transferred from Nalufenya in small groups.

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“Apart from the police officers, most of whom live there and the few who works there, there is no suspect at the facility at all,” the source said.

The transfer of the suspects comes barely two weeks after the inspector general of police (IGP), Okoth Ochola sent a team of seven officers led by the director human rights and legal services to assess the operations of the facility.

The committee came up with a report, which cleared officers at the facility of torture allegations. The committee handed over the report to the police policy and advisory committee on Wednesday for discussion.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima declined to comment on the alleged transfer of suspects from Nalufenya, saying “For the moment, l will not share any information regarding Nalufenya with the media fraternity.”

Nalufenya has attracted bad publicity for the police since its inception. The first group of suspects detained there on allegations of working with the rebels, the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) accused police of torture.

Shortly after, a group of suspects picked up in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson, assistant inspector general of police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi including the Kamwenge mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama also complained of torture.

Pictures showing Byamukama with deep wounds on the knees and ankles went viral on social media drawing public outrage. Nalufenya, which is gazetted as a police station, has existed since 1954.

It started as a police post and was elevated to a police station under KIIRA policing region before it was made a special operations unit center.

Published on April 01, 2018 at 08:35PM

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