The Police in
Masaka district is on the spot for allegedly starving suspects while under
In a petition to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, a social
rights activist Joseph Kasirye wants the MPs to probe into reports of violation
of suspects while in police cells.
Kasirye a resident of Kirimya ward, Kimanya-Kabonera division in
Masaka city, alleges that besides congesting suspects in small cells in total
disregard of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs, police do not feed
the suspects, living them to starve.
Kasirye who was recently arrested and detained for three days at
Masaka Central Police Station, over his alleged participation in an illegal
assembly, argues that access to food in police cells is treated as a luxury and
that many of them sleep on empty stomachs.
According to him, suspects access food through volunteers and
well-wishers who however visit under restrictions, a situation that deprives
the suspects of their right to food.
Kasirye wants the committee to probe into the management and
expenditures of the Uganda Police Force budget and the allocations to the feeding
of suspects, arguing that the situation in Masaka could be a replica of what is
happening across the country.
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He alleges that many people have silently suffered violations inside
police cells, demanding that parliament institutes a special inquiry into these
Kasirye’s petition has come in the wake of allegations by Bukoto
East MP Florence Namayanja who also recently reported to the Police
Professional Standards Unit-PSU, the Officer in Charge of Masaka Central Police
Station Majid Owepukulu, accusing him of starving her while in detention yet
was on treatment.
Namayanja was arrested during campaigns in February after
police suspected her to be among the mobilizers of political demonstrations
that occurred in Masaka.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson
has declined to comment on the allegations.