The Uganda Human Rights Commission has directed the Inspector General of Police to release Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze so that she can be able to travel to India to get special treatment.
According to the letter, the commission warned that “if anything happens to Nambooze as a result of delay in her medical treatment, it would raise legitimate questions as to how she was treated while in police custody.”
“Furthermore, the consequences will be grave to the embarrassment of Uganda police force and to the entire country,” The letter reads in part.
On Wednesday 13th June, Nambooze was arrested by police from her home in Mukono, detained at Jinja Road Police Station and later transferred to Nagalama Police Station where she recorded a statement on allegations that she “made unflattering comments about slain Arua MP Ibrahim Abiriga.”
Her health deteriorated and a doctor recommended that she should be transferred to a hospital as she was in too much pain and was at a risk of suffering neurogenic shock.
She was driven to Kiruddu Hospital from where she is receiving medical treatment to date under the close watch of police officers as she is still under detention.
Prior to her arrest, Nambooze was due to travel to India for further checkup, having undergone a spinal operation back in December, following the injuries she sustained during the Age Limit constitutional amendment debate in parliament.
Earlier this week, lawyers representing the Mukono municipality MP petitioned the Human Rights commission seeking for her immediate release.
According to their petition, they want Uganda Human Rights commission to invoke the powers enshrined in article 53  of the constitution to order for immediate release so that she can travel to India for specialized medical treatment.
The letter signed by UHRC Executive Director Meddie Kaggwa who a few days ago visited Nambooze in hospital said the state of the legislator cannot allow her to defend herself in court. He asked that the IGP intervenes to allow Nambooze travel for specialized treatment.