THE Uganda Human Rights Tribunal has awarded sh32m to a 53-year-old man who was tortured by policemen into impotence
The money is compensation for violation of his right to protection against torture and the right to personal liberty.
Commissioner Mariam Wangadya awarded Christopher Sajjabi Nsereko, a mason, sh28m for violation of his right to protection against torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Nsereko was further awarded sh2m as damages for violation of his right to personal liberty when he was â€œillegallyâ€ detained at Kampala Central Police Station and sh2m as exemplary damages.
Nsereko, a former local council official, was arrested on suspicion of theft on November 17, 1997 from his home in Kabowa near Kampala by Corporal Katumba and Constable Daniel Vuciri of Wankulukuku post, who battered him on the way to CPS and during his three-day detention.
Wangadya said because of the acts which she described as inhuman, Nsereko suffered multiple grave body injuries and permanent impotence.
â€œKatumba and Vicuriâ€™s criminal actions rendered inactive Nserekoâ€™s most vital tool of authority as a man. Most specifically as a husband to Milly (Sajjabi). There is disharmony between her and her husband,â€
She said Nsereko is deaf in the right ear and cannot bend.
Wangadya ordered that a copy of the tribunalâ€™s order be given to the police chief, Maj. Gen. Katumba Wamala, to take disciplinary action against the errant officers.
Impotent torture victim gets sh32m