The Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola told parliament on Thursday that plans are in advanced stages to close the torture chamber – the Jinja based Nalufenya Police Detention Centre.
“After several engagements within the force, it was agreed to close facility. The order has already been drafted by the director of Legal Services of the force. I am just waiting to sign it,” Ochola told parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs where he had gone to defend police’s Ugx. 630 billion proposed budget for 2018/19 financial year.
The IGP was responding to concerns raised by MPs Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi and Budaka County MP, Kezekia Mbogo on the state of Nalufenya Detention Centre.
The Nalufenya dentition center has in recent past been in the news over human rights abuses and public calls for its shut-down intensified.
Last year, the detention centre was in the eye of the storm after shocking images of decaying wounds on suspects accused of participating in murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi and alleged terrorism emerged. The Victims complained of kickings, slapping among others.
One of the people that shone a light on what happens at the facility was Kamwenge Mayor Godfrey Byamukama, whose harrowing photos of his wounded body shook many.
Ochola also said that he had instructed the CID boss, Grace Akullo to see to it that people are not re-arrested within the court premises. “It is really bad if someone is arrested at court. This will stop,” Ochola assured.
Flask back -Police budget 2017/18
According to 2017/18 Budget Framework Paper presented to Parliament by police undersecretary Rogers Muhiirwa, the force Uganda Police Force intended to spend Ugx. 505 billion.
Of this half-a-trillion shillings budget, Ugx. 44 billion was earmarked to procure. The Force used Ugx. 15 billion to buy teargas in 2014 and last year jumped to Ugx. 28 billion yet failed to pay suppliers of basic foodstuffs in that financial year.
The teargas budget allocation is way higher than what was allocated for the fire department — Ugx. 58.4 billion Further more, Ugx. 70.1 billion was allocated for transport, Ugx.33.3 billion on crime prevention, Ugx.12.8 billion on counter terrorism and Ugx. 6.7 billion for Interpol while only Ugx. 166.75 billion was allocated on welfare among other expenditures.