The Member of Parliament for Butambala County, Mohammed Muwanga Kivumbi, said warned the police to stop torturing suspects in cells saying that such increasing cases of vice can easily lead to turmoil in the country as bad elements would eventually prefer to use security agencies in resolving personal scores with their enemies.
Kivumbi, who was speaking to journalists at Parliament on Tuesday, said that there have received several reports of police officers torturing suspects at Police stations in Kisugu, Kololo, Kireka and another one opposite Nalufenya police detention center in Jinja.
He said at times some people are discovered to be innocent but that by the time this is realized, the damage would have already been inflicted on the victim.
“This system of torturing suspects in taking us back to the past regimes where killings suspects was the order of the day. We doesn’t police follow the right procedure to detained and prosecute suspects instead of first causing them bodily harm?” Kivumbi wondered.
Kivumbi was reffering to a case where the Kamwenge Town Council Mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama who was reportedly tortured by police in Nalufeenya and later rushed to Nakasero hospital for treatment after his wounds became septic.
Byamukama who is said to have been arrested last month has never been charged in the courts of law yet he has spent over a month in detention.
According to police, Byamukama is being held in connection with the murder of the AIGP police Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
However, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, says Byamukama and three other suspects will soon be arraigned in court and be charged accordingly.
He also clarified that the police standard unit had recently taken custody of the children of some of the arrested suspects in the murder but that a number of them had be handed back to their mothers while a few others remain with police as they try to trace for the right parents.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has however called on police to prosecute the people who were involved in abducting the children saying the children rights have been violated.
She has also demanded that the police officers who reportedly tortured suspects at Nalufenya be brought before courts of law for prosecution.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni, has directed all security agencies in the country to stop torturing suspects as a way of getting confessions for crimes committed.
He said such a move is likely to jeopardise efforts to fight criminals in society.
“There are scientific methods like fingerprints, photographs, DNA tests, eyewitnesses, the use of other scientific methods and use of dogs etc. all can get criminals convicted,” Museveni said.
He said if security agencies were using torture as a method, they should stop and resort to other methods that can equally pin the suspects to a crime.