Nalufenya Boss Demoted, Sent To Village Station

Tyson Rutambika, hitherto the boss at Nalufenya Special Detention facility has been knifed in a reshuffle and sent to a village police station as Officer in Charge.

The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Martins Ochola, aka OMO ordered the removal of Rutambika from Nalufenya and sent him to Lwakhakha police station in Namisindwa District.

The move comes a week after Nalufenya was downgraded from a Special Forces Operations Base, to a normal police station.

Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja by the banks of the River Nile

The iron sheet fencing that previously hid the station from the public have since been removed and the public is being encouraged to report cases to the station like they do to any police station in Uganda.

Rutambika has been boss at Nalufenya for more than four years and his appointment as OC of a village police station is seen in police circles as a serious demotion.

Rutambika an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) retain his rank. He is expected to take his post as OC Lwakhakha in Namisidwa district immediately.

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In a message sent through the Police human resource directorate, Ochola appointed the OC Kinoni Police Station in Lwengo District, ASP Kasim Matovu, as the new police boss for Nalufenya. The transfer also takes immediate effect.

The message read: “The following transfers are ordered with immediate effect. ASP Tyson Rutambika is transferred from Nalufenya to Namisindwa as OC station Lwakhakha. ASP Matovu is transferred from Kinoni-Lwengo District to Jinja as OC station Nalufenya.”

The IGP last week downgraded Nalufenya from a high profile detention facility to a normal police station, a week after telling a Parliamentary committee of  his intentions to close down the facility.

The iron sheet fencing that was surrounding Nalufenya has since been taken down and the police vehicles staged outside the facility have been removed.

Nalufenya rose to fame as a notorious torture house during the reign of former IGP Kale Kayihura.

Staff of Red Pepper, the publishers of this website were detained at Nalufenya for seven days in November 2017.

In the latest transfers in the police, SP Peter Mugabi was moved from the human resource directorate to Omoro as DPC.

ASP Kenneth Kabwigo was moved from Ministry of Internal Affairs to police headquarters and ASP Denis Kamugisha transferred from Omoro to police headquarters.


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