June 15, 2018- Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke is reported to be in critical condition at Naggalama police station where she was detained overnight on charges of offensive communication.
Pictures of a very sick Nambooze, sleeping on an improvised bed at the police station with an IV line attached to her hand began circulating on social media this afternoon. The officers watching over her say they cannot do anything about her condition because their orders are to keep her in custody.
On Wednesday, Nambooze had been released on police bond by Naggalama police until June 19. But she was picked from her doctors clinic yesterday morning and driven to Special Investigations Unit in Kireka. She was later transferred and detained overnight at Naggalama police station after President Museveni spoke against extending police bond and bail to murder suspects.
While Mr. Museveni blames police and the judiciary for the rising levels of violent crime because they release suspects back into the community, he presides over an underfunded justice, law and order sector. Despite the huge case backlog and resource gap, the sector has been allocated only Ushs 1.4 trillion in the 2018/19 budget.
Detention centres are teeming with hundreds of suspects for various crimes including murder whose prosecution is pending.
Less than 10 percent of the suspects in the high profile murder cases have been proven guilty and several were freed when the DPP withdrew charges against them, several years after they were arrested and tortured to confess to crimes they did not commit.