Today, the parliamentary human rights committee leading the probe on human rights violations at Kitalya prison was all arms as they kick started their duties. The committee led by the Kawempe North MP Latiff Ssebaggala paid homage to the Mityana road based facility following a probe ordered by the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga.
In their findings, the MPs established that the Zaake report on Kitalya was right when it revealed that inmates were undergoing deplorable conditions. The media crew which had accompanied the MPs was denied entry to the facility and asked to wait from the gate. The spokesperson for prisons, Frank Baine welcomed the crew and toured it around. The MPs were taken to places that had strictly been cleaned up to purposely give an impression of normalcy. Sources say some inmates especially those on political related cases were hidden and denied a chance to speak to the parliamentary team. Only Nubian Li and Don Sheriff Najja (Bobi’s PA) had a chance to interface with the MPs. Nubian revealed that the cells are indeed congested past capacity. Najja in his account confessed that torture ensues behind the walls. He said he still nurses a rib cage injury sustained from a gun butt that was hit at him.
In his deliberations, MP Latiff Ssebaggala tasked the prisons service officials to treat the inmates like human beings. “The inhumane harrassment of people is not in any way professional,” he said. Other MPs who were part of the crew urged prison officials to lobby for better budgets to sustain their work. The parliament human rights committee is yet to table its detailed findings before plenary next week.