Human Rights Commission wants Nambooze freed

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has written to the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola asking for the immediate release of Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze.

In a letter dated June 21, the commission says Nambooze’s detention is against the law and hence a violation of her rights.

“She was arrested on June 14 and she is till under police detention to date. That is in contravention of Article 23(4) of the Constitution of Uganda which provides that a person arrested or detained shall if not earlier released be brought to court not later than 48 hours from the time of arrest,” reads part of the statement.

The commission also says Nambooze’s right to privacy has been violated with 24 hour surveillance by police officers at Kiruddu hospital were she is currently receiving treatment.

UHRC’s letter to IGP Okoth Ochola

“She has been deprived of her privacy as a patient to the constant interference by police officers with her treatment regime. Most times these police officers are male and they force themselves into her room while she is receiving treatment in total disregard of her gender.” The letter reads

Although Nambooze is receiving treatment at Kiruddu hospital, she says she needs to seek specialized treatment from India something the police has denied her arguing that she is being given good treatment in this public facility.

The commission contends that the denial by police contravenes Article 23(25)C of the Constitution of Uganda which provides that a person shall be allowed access to medical treatment including access to private medical treatment.

It has hence requested the immediate release of Nambooze in respect for her rights.

“The commission is concerned that if anything happens to Nambooze because of delays in her treatment, it would raise legitimate questions as to how she was treated while she was in police custody. Further more, the consequences will be grave to the embarrassment of the Uganda Police Force and the entire country ” the letter adds.