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Muhammad Kirumira
Muhammad Kirumira. Courtesy Photo.

Kirumira’s Court Re-Appearance Flops over UPDF Tarehe Sita

“The Disciplinary court isn’t sitting, it’s Tarehe Sita at Butaleja,” Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said.
posted onFebruary 6, 2018
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By Fred Kiva

Embattled former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira’s scheduled re-appearance before the police disciplinary court on Tuesday flopped, as the court did not sit.

“The Disciplinary court isn’t sitting, it’s Tarehe Sita at Butaleja,” Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima said. UPDF Tarehe Sita is not a public holiday and it’s not clear when the police court will sit for further hearing of Kirumira’s cases. He is facing charges of torture, extortion and corruption among others before the police disciplinary court.

The former Buyende District Police Commander was forcefully arrested from his home in Bulenga on Thursday, a day after he authored a statement announcing resignation and his decision to quit police.

In the statement posted on his social media account, Kirumira accused the police establishment of witch hunting him through ‘trumped’ up cases. The police however condemned Kirumira’s action of announcing his resignation on social media, saying he breached the police code of conduct for serving officers.

The motor mouthed police officer was arrested and arraigned before the police disciplinary court. He was eventually remanded to Railway Police station, from where he was transferred to Nalufenya in Jinja until February 6.

Lack of court sitting today, February 6 means Kirumira will have another day in Nalufenya, uncertain of when he re-appears in court. Police Spokesperson Kayima said another date for the court sitting will be communicated.  

Kirumira’s arrest has been condemned, with the Human Rights Committee of Parliament threatening to summon the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura to explain why the police are acting like ‘terrorists’

The Committee Chairperson Jovah Kamateeka has condemned the manner in which Kirumira was arrested, including breaking of his house door.

The Police Flying Squad operatives used a power sow to cut out Kirumira’s house door to arrest him after he locked himself inside.

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