Following the distressing images of the Kamwenge town council mayor Geoffrey Byamukama, which have been circulating on social media, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has instructed Parliamentary committee on Human Rights to visit Police torture house in Nalufenya to examine the facility and report back.
Mr. Byamukama was arrested last month in connection with the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi and two other police officers.
Reading from Article 24 of the Constitution which prohibits use of any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as punishment, Kadaga says the perpetrators should be charged in courts of law as opposed to the police disciplinary committee.
“How can one explain the electric shock, the knocking out of teeth, the breaking of knee caps, the ironing of a person’s body, the introduction of noxious [harmful] substances into the orifices of a person?” she said.
“I want to demand on behalf of the citizens that we need to see justice done. Torture is not an issue of the Police disciplinary committee. It is a matter of crime against humanity, it is a breach of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, and the perpetrators must be arrested, charged in an open court,”said the speaker.
President Museveni, in a letter addressed to Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura and the director general of the Intelligence Services, Museveni ordered them to stop torturing suspects, adding that torture is not “consonant with logic.”
Museveni told the three security chiefs that: the use of torture is unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again if it was being used as I see some groups claiming in the media. Adding that other scientific methods, the use of dogs etc), the criminals can get convicted.