Uganda police disciplinary court on Thursday acquitted Muhammad Kirumira of three charges; including extortion, abuse of office, bribery and unlawful use of authority.
However, the same court chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police Denis Odongpinyi found Kirumira guilty for “excessively exercising his authority” when paraded flying squad operatives to the press and declaring them as thieves, unlawful arrest of people.
For the four convictions these were the sentences per conviction. (1) Warning, (2) severe warning, (3) another warning (4) they have lowered my ranks. Kirumira dexribed the sentences as ‘ ‘ laughable’’ adding that and we are going to appeal them
Police said he had committed the offences when he was in-charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso District and Old Kampala as division police commander in 2013 and 2014 respectively
Disciplinary court resolved to demote the embattled Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira, basing on the four cases he was convicted on.
Following the demotion, Kirumira will cease to be assistant superintendent of police, and he will now be a two-star officer at the rank of inspector of police. Prior to the court ruling on Thursday morning, the former police boss told journalists that he will be leaving the force as soon as the court process is done.
The arrest of Kirumira came after he announced that he was resigning from the force and went ahead to critique the management and operation of the force which was then under Gen Kale Kayihura. The resignation was, however, blocked by police.
“Am not changing my decision on resigning, I have reasons to go,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola told MPs sitting on the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament, that “You have all watched the conduct of this officer, his conduct requires us to have him tried in hell perhaps, and you will agree with me that at least we have been giving Kirumira the benefit of doubt.”
“Kirumira takes advantage of being portrayed by the press as a martyr and we shall not accept that,” he added.
Kirumira Speaks out
He says he was asked to plead for mercy before sentence but ‘ ‘ I declined the offer and instead I told them that they continue with their sentence I will appeal’’ he posted on social media
He adds: I want the whole world to know that am being charged for loving my country and for risking my own life for the betterment of my fellow citizens