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Kotido’s Napumpum Police Station Closed over Poor Facilities

The station did not have working space for officers and was operating without police cells. Suspects held by the police were instead detained in a nearby market stall. Female, male and juvenile suspects were all muddled in one stall, prompting an uproar from the suspects, residents, and human rights activists.
Market stalls where suspcted are detained in Napumpum Police Station, Kotido district.

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Kotido District Police Commander Apollo Kyangungu has closed Napumpum Police Station due to the breakdown of facilities. The station was established in 2015 amid public outcry on the rising cases of crime especially theft of animals, killings and domestic violence.  

But the station did not have working space for officers and was operating without police cells. Suspects held by the police were instead detained in a nearby market stall. Female, male and juvenile suspects were all muddled in one stall, prompting an uproar from the suspects, residents, and human rights activists. 

Moroto Regional Police Human Rights Officer Thomas Opige says that the set up at Napumpum is not fit for a police station and detention facility. The detention facility, according to Opige, must be an established structure, known by law. 

“It must be in a gazzeted area with provisions of both female and male adults and with juveniles section for both girls and boys. In any case, a detention facility is meant to temporally deprive an individual of liberty not a violation of rights. That place should be spacious enough for the suspects to freely breathe”, he said.  

In the wake of public complaints, the DPC declared that the facility has been closed. He added that all the officers deployed at Napumpum police station have been withdrawn and redeployed to Panyangara Police station.  

According to DPC Kyangungu, the station will remain closed until the local authorities provide working space to the officers.  

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The LC III Chairperson of Panyangara Sub County Paul Loruu Nabolikoko says he will take the matter to his council to determine on the way forward.