She says that the conduct by security operatives is in breach of the Prevention and Prohibition of the anti-Torture Act, 2012 specifically Section 21a and b. Kadaga demanded that the officers concerned should be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court.
However, Kadaga notes that whereas FDC party is empowered under rule 157 to make changes to the leadership of the Standing Committees; the timing of the changes is not favorable to the smooth operations of the committees and parliamentary business.
The committee on Human Rights visited the facility on Friday May 19, following a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to assess the condition of suspects detained there amid allegations of torture masterminded by police officers.
Kamateeka who appealed to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to reign on his officers who torture suspects, said that her committee is up to the challenge and optimistic that police will be forthcoming with information.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga observed that that the application of torture contravenes article 24 of the Constitution which outlaws all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a form of punishment. Kadaga noted that the acts depict total disregard of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act by the police force.
Committee members questioned the appointment saying it could contravene provisions of the law to have a serving army officer in cabinet. Similar queries were raised four years ago prior to the approval of former Army Commander Gen Aronda Nyakairima deceased who had been appointed Internal Affairs Minister in 2013.
The committee was established by a resolution of Parliament calling for thorough investigations into the controversial payment of six billion Shillings to individuals who were involved a tax arbitration case between the Government of Uganda and Heritage Oil.
According to the terms of reference, the Committee is to investigate claims that public officers solicited for the payment of the bonuses totaling to Shillings 6 billion from the President contrary to standard practices of rewarding public officers
The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga informed parliament that government has given out similar rewards before citing Ugandans who excelled in different fields including but not limited to the thirty public officers who were part of the team that discovered oil in Uganda in 2006.
In her communication to parliament, Kadaga put Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana to task to think about the abuse of judicial authority in the country. She cited the same order as an example saying that Justice Kavuma issued an injunction basing on a petition that had no basis and urgency.
The recall comes a week after the suspension of parliamentary sittings in protest of a court order barring Parliament from debating the controversial bonus to government officials involved in a tax arbitration case between Uganda and Heritage Oil.
Addressing journalists during the closure of parliament for the Christmas break this afternoon, Kadaga observed that effective work in parliament started in August, saying June and July were used for induction, sensitization and orientation of new legislators.
In her communication to parliament, Kadaga gave an example of a number of teams sent out by government to talk to people about climate change in different constituencies without the knowledge of area MPs. She demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister.
The Parliamentary Commission, a body responsible for the administration and strategic guidance of the Parliament of Uganda is composed of the Speaker of Parliament who serves as its chairperson, the Deputy Speaker, the Leader of Government Business, Leader of Opposition, the Minister of Finance and four backbench Members of Parliament.