By Paul Waiswa
The Uganda Human Rights Commission, UHRC has asked the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Martin Ochola, to release Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze so that she can travel to India for treatment.
In a letter dated June 21st 2018, copied to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Hon. Nambooze and her lawyer Erias Lukwago, Medi S. K. Kaggwa, the UHRC chairman explains that by holding Nambooze for more than 48 hours and not producing her before courts of law is an abuse of her rights.
Medi Kaggwa, the UHRC chairman says: “She has been derived of her privacy, as a patient due to the constant interference by police officers with her treatment regime. Most times these police officers are male and they force themselves into her room when she is receiving treatment in total disregard of her gender” the chairman writes.
On June 15th 2018, the MP was supposed to fly to India for a medical review and specialized treatment as a follow up on the spinal decompression surgery she underwent on November 8th 2017, after being injured in the infamous Age Limit Bill raid on parliament.
She however was unable to travel after her arrest on June 14th 2018 in connection with the alleged offence of offensive communication under Sec. 25 of the computer misuse Act.
Mr. Kaggwa further warns that the consequences will be grave to the embarrassment of the Uganda Police Force and to the entire country.
The Mukono Municipality MP was arrested in the aftermath of the assassination of Col. Ibrahim Abiriga, the former Arua Municipality MP.