Nalufenya now Police Station
The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has finally closed Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja, re-designating it into a Police Station.
The closure of the facility come amidst allegations of torture at the facility which initially was established as a police post and later police station located in Jinja district.
Although Police cleared the facility of torture, the place raised eye brows after pictures of the Kamwenge Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama brutally tortured started to emerge in the media, and also allegations that suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists being detained at the facility were tortured.
However following the firing of former Police Chief Kale Kayihura , new IGP Okoth Ochola announced that he would close the facility following a decision taken by the Uganda Police Public Accounts body.
Now in a communication to all units, Police Directors dated 27th April, designation the facility into a station, Ochola says he has re-designated the Special force operation base at Nalufenya to resume the operations and functions of a Police station as it was before.
“The Director Logistics and Engineering and Director Human Resource administration, should ensure that the facility functions as a police station.This directive takes immediate effect” the communication reads.
Meanwhile, In a related development, the Army Spokesperson Richard Karemire has denied any allegations of torture at Mbuya Military barracks as claimed by some Members of Parliament.
This is after the Butambala Member of Parliament Muwanga Kivumbi recently revealed to the committee on Defense and Internal Affairs that people were being blindfolded and tortured at a facility in Mbuya Military barracks. Rcichard Karemire however says they only have a holding facility for suspects at Mbuya but no one is tortured from the place.