Nalufenya operatives on the spot for blocking Breastfeeding mother

Posted: 2017-05-24T07:13:50Z
Nalufenya operatives on the spot for blocking Breastfeeding mother

Police operatives at Nalufenya facility in Jinja district are on spot for blocking a mother in their custody from breastfeeding her 7-months-old baby.

The affected mother is Justine Nakakeeto, the only female suspect in Nalufenya police facility, who was picked up together with her 7-months-old baby from Kikoni, a Kampala suburb in April this year. Nakakeeto is accused together with 12 others for recruiting youths into criminal gangs to terrorize people in Masaka, Kampala and Wakiso districts.  

However, the Acting Chairman Uganda Human Rights Human Commission, Amooti Katebalirwe, says that Nakakeeto was blocked from breastfeeding her baby.

"We were informed that she is not allowed to breastfeed her baby. We will ask the Inspector General of Police-IGP Kale Kayihura to explain this in our next meeting," Katebalirwe the media at the UHRC headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday. Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye confirmed the detention of Nakakeeto at Nalufenya.

"When I went there, I found a woman who was in custody but am not sure whether she was with her baby there," said Kasingye. Adding that, "there is no law restricting detention of a breastfeeding mother and it's her decision whether to go with her baby or not. I just don't understand how she can be stopped from breastfeeding a baby she is within the cells." 

This is not the first time operatives at Nalufenya police facility are under the spotlight for human rights violation. The operatives drew angry reaction mid this month when some of the suspects held in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi appeared in court limping with fresh wounds on their body.