Uganda’s Police have refuted media reports that the country’s notorious detention facility has been shut down by the police chief, Okoth Ochola.
On Friday, the state owned newspaper carried a headline indicating that Ochola had shut down Nalufenya detention centre.
However, the Deputy Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango on the same issued a press statement denying the reports, instead saying that the fate of the detention centre was not finalised at recent Police Advisory Committee discussions.
Legislators sitting on the Human Rights Committee of Parliament visited Nalufenya mid last year to inspect the facility on the directives of the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga following wide spread allegations of torture of suspects there.
This followed allegations that police was torturing suspects in its custody in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard, Kenneth Erau and Driver, Godfrey Mambewa in March this year.