IGP Ochola Confirms Nalufenya is Being Closed

The Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola has confirmed that all plans have been finalized to have the Jinja based Nalufenya Police Detention Centre closed.

The dentition center over the past months became synonymous with human rights abuses and public calls for its shut-down intensified.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs to defend the Shs 630Billion Police Force Budget for the Financial Year 2018/19, the Police boss said that after several engagements within the force, it was agreed to have Nalufenya closed, which he said will happen soon.

“The Director Legal Services is drafting for me an order to close Nalufenya and any time from now I will be signing it,” Ochola told legislators.

Nalufenya had been turned into a torture chamber, according to various human rights reports, which is against the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act (2012).

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 the nation last year.

According to the Minority Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights presented by Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol, Nalufenya is an illegal detention facility as per the circular from the IGP written on 14/4/2015 revoking its original status as a police station.

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