Mubende Policemen Arrested for Torturing Woman

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Uganda Police is once again at the centre of allegations of human rights abuse. Two police officers in Mubende have been arrested for torturing a woman who police believed was shielding a wanted traditional healer.

Two police officers have been arrested in Mubende district for torturing a woman.
Mubende district police commander Abaine Enock, identified the suspects as detective Ekoti Ambroze, the Officer in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department at the Myanzi police post in Myanzi sub county, Mubende district.
Abaine identified the second suspect as Isingiro Ronald, a police constable attached to the same unit of Myanzi police post.
The two officers are accused of torturing a 25 year old woman, Nalunga Amina whom they severely beat in her home in Kigalama, Myanzi sub county, Mubende.
Abaine says the policemen had gone to the woman’s home to arrest a traditional healer, Mbabali Wilberforce. Mbabali had gone to this home to attend to a sick child.
Abaine says that when Mbabali went on the run, the police men accused the woman of aiding in his escape and so they started assaulting her.
The victim, who is currently admitted in Mityana hospital, sustained injuries to the chest, stomach and on the head.
A medical officer in Mityana hospital who preferred annonymity said they had sent the  victim for TV Scan and Xray and were waiting for results.
Mbabali, according to the police, was facing charges of assaulting a woman, and the two police men had been looking for him, until they tracked him to him to Nalunga’s home.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Nalunga narrated that the policemen beat up her badly demanding she reveal where Mbabali was yet Mbabali had already gone into hiding in the bush.
She says that after Mbabali managed to elude the policemen, they turned on her and started beating her until the residents gathered and rescued her.
Kiwuwa Sam, one of the residents, blamed the police for acting ruthlessly and asked the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to punish the police officers.

Police have consistently been accused of violating the human rights of suspects in their custody. The Rapid Response Unit has particularly been accused of torturing suspects